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Biological Sciences

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College of Arts and Science

Department of Biological Sciences


Investigate Life


The biological sciences curriculum helps students develop an understanding of principles governing biological processes that span a continuum from molecules and cells to organisms and ecosystems. In addition to conveying fundamental scientific knowledge, our curriculum aims 1) to provide opportunities for students to understand and use the process of scientific inquiry, 2) to promote development of students’ critical thinking and problem- solving skills and 3) to help students gain the background essential for making informed decisions about issues that relate to science, technology and the environment.

The B.A. in Biological Sciences provides excellent preparation for advanced study in graduate school or professional programs. The B.A. in Biological Sciences Education follows a curriculum very similar to the Biological Sciences major, with the addition of education courses. The B.S. in Biological Sciences and the B.S. in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Cellular & Molecular Biology & Genetics, offer the opportunity for highly motivated students to pursue the curriculum in greater depth. The B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences, is a joint program with Thomas Jefferson University College of Pharmacy.

Areas of study

  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology


Career Options

  • Health Care Professional
  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Optometrist
  • Podiatrist
  • Research Scientist
  • Biology Teacher
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Scientific Writer
  • Bioanalyst

Graduate Programs

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Research
  • Optometry

What’s special about this program?

The breadth and depth of the Department of Biological Sciences accommodates virtually every student’s unique interests and career goals. The basic science and liberal arts courses give every student a solid educational foundation. We encourage our majors to gain experience outside the classroom and many pursue research with a faculty member. A dedicated advisement staff helps majors choose their classes and develop long-term objectives. Whatever direction a major chooses within biological sciences, he or she will receive a first-rate education in the sciences, complemented by liberal arts courses and other electives in line with the student’s own interests.

Get involved


Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society

Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity


Pre-Physician Assistant Club

Scientista Foundation

Lori’s Hands

Making Doctors

Pre-Dental Society

Sample curriculum



Introductory Biology I

Introductory Biology II


CHEM103 or 107


General Chemistry

CHEM104 or 108


General Chemistry

Seminar in Composition


MATH115 or 117





First Year Experience



Foreign Language Courses 105 or higher



University Breadth Course



General Ecology



General Physiology



Organic Chemistry I    



Organic Chemistry II


MATH221 or 241




Foreign Language Courses 107 or higher


  University Breadth Courses



Cell Biology






General Physics I



General Physics II

BISC Elective Course



Basic Statistical Practice



University and College Breadth Courses


  University Multicultural Course



Molecular Biology

BISC Elective Course



Experimental BISC Laboratory Course



BISC 4xx or 6XX Lit-based Course



University Breadth Course



2nd Writing Course



Elective Courses



Capstone Experience


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