Dec 06, 2023
About the Program
- Provides preparation for graduate study in medical illustration (Pre-Medical Emphasis)
- Provides preparation for professional careers in biological illustration
- Allows students to take advantage of a well-respected and innovative biology department
- Offers internships at studios, research institutions, hospitals and zoos
- Affords opportunities to study at some of the top universities around the world
Scientific Illustration is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the creation of images used to clarify scientific concepts. The program in Scientific Illustration combines study in biology with instruction in the fine and applied arts. Two emphases exist within the program: Scientific Illustration, which prepares students for a number of possible careers in biological, botanical, or related scientific illustration, and Scientific Illustration (Pre-Medical Emphasis), which prepares students for graduate study in medical illustration.
Prospective students must present evidence of capability in science and a portfolio demonstrating skill in representational drawing.
(101 credits as listed below, with Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 141 credits)
Adjustments in the requirements for the major in Scientific Illustration can be made with the approval of the Program Adviser. A maximum of 96 credits in art and science can be counted toward the degree.
Two Art History courses (8 credits)
Studio Art courses (48 credits)
Two Scientific Illustration courses (8 credits)
Seven Science Courses (28 credits)
BI 101 General Biology I
BI 102 General Biology II
CH 101 General Chemistry I or
CH 111 Conceptual Chemistry I
CH 102 General Chemistry II or
CH 112 Conceptual Chemistry II
two courses from the following:
- BI 206 Physiology and
- BI 211 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
one course from the following:
BI 317 Developmental Biology or
BI 318 Human Genome and Disease or
BI 325 Cell Biology or
BI 327 Histology
Senior Capstone Experience (9 credits)
Internships or Apprenticeships
Two- or four-credit internships or apprenticeships consisting of supervised training in illustration, design, computer imaging, systematics and/or collections management may be set up at a studio or research institution in the Philadelphia area. Past internship sites include the Academy of Natural Sciences, Jefferson Hospital and the Philadelphia Zoo.