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2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Scientific Illustration, B.A.

About the Program

  • Provides preparation for professional careers in biological illustration
  • Provides preparation for graduate study in medical illustration (premedical illustration emphasis)
  • 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

The Scientific Illustration program combines study in sciences and studio art. Two emphases exist: Scientific Illustration and Pre-Medical Illustration. The former prepares students for a number of possible careers in biological illustration, graphic design or laboratory research. The latter 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.


(93–99 credits as listed below, with Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 128 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. Additional coursework is required for an emphasis in pre-medical illustration.

Seventeen Studio Art and Art History courses

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.