The Sciences at Widener

Students who pursue a science degree from Widener University will attain a mastery of the process of scientific investigation, technical sophistication involving the use of modern instruments of analysis and inquiry, and an ethical sense founded upon exploration of other areas of human endeavor such as philosophy, art, music, literature, and history.

Majors

Major programs are available in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer information systems, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, physics, science administration, and science education. These majors provide students with a solid foundation in the theoretical basis of the each discipline and develop an awareness of the disciplines’ histories. Students are prepared for further study at the graduate level in professional schools; for employment in hospitals, industry, research institutions, and government agencies; or for teaching at the secondary level.

Minors

The minor programs in the sciences offer students from other disciplines the opportunity to pursue a sub-specialization of interest. Minor programs are available in most of the major disciplines. In addition, minors are available in astronomy, environmental studies (interdisciplinary), experimental science, and natural science.

Undergraduate Research

The essence of the scientific endeavor is undergraduate research, and the best way to learn how to properly conduct research is to perform it. The Science Division faculty are active researchers who are exploring many areas of science, such as cryptography, biomechanics, immunology, protein chemistry and data mining to name a few. The involvement of students in faculty research programs is fundamental to our approach to education; see individual departments for some of the undergraduate research opportunities. Widener science students routinely present papers at regional and national conferences and co-author papers in scientific journals with their faculty advisors.

Pre-Medical Program

Students who wish to pursue the pre-medical program in preparation for a career in one of the health professions, such as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine, may major in any discipline so long as they meet the course requirements of the professional school of interest. Most medical schools minimally require two courses in biology, four courses in chemistry, two courses in physics, two courses in mathematics, and two courses in English.

Pre-Physical Therapy Program

Students who wish to pursue the pre-physical therapy curriculum within the Sciences must major in biology. They may apply for admission to Widener's graduate physical therapy program during their junior year.

Science Education - Secondary Teacher Certification

For those wishing to become certified science teachers in Pennsylvania secondary schools, Widener offers the Science Education major, with certification in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, mathematics, physics, and general science.

For more information about the Sciences at Widener, please download our Sciences Fact Sheet (pdf, 48k).