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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

Medlife

Pre-Physician Assistant Club

Scientista Foundation

Lori’s Hands

Making Doctors

Pre-Dental Society

Sample curriculum

BISC207

 

Introductory Biology I
BISC208

Introductory Biology II

 

CHEM103 or 107

 

General Chemistry

CHEM104 or 108

 

General Chemistry
ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH115 or 117

 

Pre-Calculus

UNIV101

 

First Year Experience

 

 

Foreign Language Courses 105 or higher

 

 

University Breadth Course

 

BISC302

General Ecology

 

BISC306

General Physiology

 

CHEM321/325

Organic Chemistry I    

 

CHEM322/326

Organic Chemistry II

 

MATH221 or 241

Calculus 

 

 

Foreign Language Courses 107 or higher

 

  University Breadth Courses

BISC305

 

Cell Biology

BISC403

 

Genetics

PHYS201

 

General Physics I

PHYS202

 

General Physics II
 

BISC Elective Course

 

STAT200

Basic Statistical Practice

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

  University Multicultural Course

BISC401

 

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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