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Arcadia University    
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 27, 2021  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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About the Degree in Biology

  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Preparation for careers in medicine, teaching, industry, business, and research
  • Opportunities to conduct research and co-publish results with faculty
  • Internships
  • Opportunity to work closely with a faculty adviser to develop an individualized academic plan
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities in the world
  • Senior Capstone projects

Experiential Learning in a Class All Its Own

As a Biology major at Arcadia, you will not just dabble in research; you will play an active role. You will not just read other people’s studies; you will have the opportunity to carry out and co-author studies of your own in fields including behavior, bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology, ecology, evolution, neurobiology and more. And you will not just know your teachers from class; you will be able to work with them one-on-one outside of the classroom.

To excel in today’s competitive environment, it is important to stand out. At Arcadia, it is hard to stand anywhere else.

Students in Arcadia’s Biology program become part of a close-knit scientific community that prepares undergraduates for careers in health care, research, education, and other science-related disciplines. A diverse and distinguished faculty, including several recipients of the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching, fosters interactive dialogue and discovery both in and out of the classroom. Arcadia Biology majors enjoy exceptional opportunities to engage in research, co-author and present published studies, and explore internships and other cultures through study abroad. Assured admission is offered for Arcadia’s nationally recognized graduate programs in Forensic Science, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy.

Biology majors are encouraged to participate in research and co-publish results with the assistance of faculty members who have well-established reputations in their fields. Students also may do internships with some of the best-known and most-respected pharmaceutical companies and research institutions located in this region and beyond.

Majoring in Biology provides an understanding of modern biological principles and the groundwork for careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, forensic science, genetic counseling, conservation, scientific and medical research, secondary school teaching, graduate study, and applied biology positions in government or industry.

Pathways to Study Abroad in Biology

Many exciting opportunities are available for studying abroad. Junior year is the most common time for students to study abroad.

Arcadia has more than 122 programs around the world. Biology majors have taken a range of Biology courses toward major requirements in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In addition, students have completed Undergraduate Curriculum requirements while studying abroad.

Students also have the opportunity to complete internships or independent research projects at a number of internationally recognized institutions such as the Royal Veterinary College of London.

Since it is important that students plan ahead for study abroad, they should consult with their advisers as soon as possible and make their intentions known to their academic advisers, the Department Chair, and the Office of Study Away ((215) 572-8514), which is located on the first floor of Taylor Hall.


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      Policy on Taking Upper-Level (200 or above) Biology Courses:


      Students that wish to take upper level biology courses (200 level and above) must have met one of the following two criteria:

      The average of the student’s grades in BI101 and BI102 must be greater than or equal to a C- (1.7).


      The student must have received transfer credit for BI101 and BI102.

      Other Courses

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