The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Elizabethtown College offers a research-grounded curriculum with opportunities to pursue studies in a wide variety of biology-related fields.
Small class sizes, even in the first semester, hands-on lab experiences, field work and research opportunities prepare you for the world beyond college, whether you are interested in pursuing graduate school, medical school or finding a rewarding job!
An energizing laboratory focused and flexible degree in Biology prepares you well for graduate school and the workforce by giving you the skills to observe, quantify, interpret and analyze the world around you. While in the Department, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in faculty-supervised research, study abroad, internships and apply your classroom learning to solve community problems. You’ll make connections every day between what you learn and how you can use your skills to advance in your field. This major prepares students for exciting careers in health-professions (medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, nursing, physician assistant, veterinary medicine etc.).
Within the Biology major, you can choose from two concentrations to target your career goals.
The Health Professions Concentration prepares students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in medicine (MD and DO), specialized fields of medicine (Optometry, Podiatry, Dentistry, etc.), veterinary medicine, or other careers in healthcare such as Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Nurse Practitioner. The concentration also prepares students for entry into the professional 3+3 physical therapy program with Widener University, the *3+2 Physician Assistant program at Elizabethtown, and, after three or four years, other accredited pre-approved programs. Students interested in these cooperative programs should consult the School of Science homepage and refer to the Affiliate Programs.
Prepares the student for a biologically-related profession or for graduate school. By learning to design and carry out experiments, understand ethical scientific practice, analyze data and develop proficiency with lab equipment, you’ll be prepared for your next step after graduation.