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Receive solid grounding in life science and biological processes with a Biology major or minor.

Customize your Biology major with one of our tracks (Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Pre‑Dentistry, and Pre‑Medicine) to suit your interests and prepare yourself for a career in science or teaching, or to pursue an advanced degree at a graduate, medical, or professional school. 

You also have the ability to participate in the 4+1 Master of Science in Biological Studies program: earn an MS in just one additional year of study at Cabrini, which saves on tuition costs of two-year master’s degrees in biology at other schools.

Melinda Harrison, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, Chemistry
610.902.8504
melinda.a.harrison@cabrini.edu

At a glance:

Total Credits for Major

53-64

Total Credits for Minor

21

Projected job growth to 2024*

7.4%

Biology Program Details

The Bachelor of Science in Biology is a multidisciplinary program combining rigorous foundations in biology, chemistry, and physics. This integrated program emphasizes real-life experiences; laboratory experiences and an internship research project with a faculty mentor, or participation in student teaching provide you with state-of-the-art lab skills and experience in a research, allied health, or teaching environment.

 A core set of courses introduces the basic concepts of life science and the fundamentals of biological processes and the diversity of organisms. A subsequent series of courses provides a broad biological base for advanced work in specific concentration areas, including Biological Sciences, Health Science, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Medicine.

 You’ll also participate in a Senior Seminar course, in which you’ll write a short thesis based on either laboratory-based or library-based research.

Employment Outlook

The Biology program is designed to prepare you for a career in science, in the allied health fields, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy, entry-level placement in pharmaceutical and biomedical research laboratories, or in teaching. The program will also prepare you to continue your studies in graduate, medical, and professional schools.

Program Highlights:

  • Major or minor option
  • Integrated program that emphasizes real-life experience
  • Customize your major with one of five tracks: Biological Sciences, Health Science, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Medicine
  • Masters of Science in Biological Studies accelerated program option
  • Agreements with professional schools for continued education

 Skills Learned

  • Understand foundational biological, chemical, and physical science concepts, as emphasized in the core science course requirements
  • Apply the scientific method and possess problem-solving skills necessary to design, conduct, and troubleshoot experiments and to test a hypothesis
  • Read, understand, and critically review scientific papers and interpret and analyze data presented in various forms (e.g., graphs, tables, narrative) using critical-thinking, analytical, and quantitative skills
  • Present scientific ideas to multiple audiences using the accepted format of the discipline using written and oral communication skills
  • Gain entry into the science workplace and/or graduate/professional schools utilizing a basic proficiency in computational skills, lab techniques, and use of technology 

*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Life, physical, and social science occupations.

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