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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Science Division
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 321
    • tel: 610-499-4002
  • Dr. Itzick Vatnick



Why Widener?

student performing experiment

Undergraduate Research

Our curriculum engages students in undergraduate research from the very first semester. This includes multi-week projects and presentations in all introductory courses spanning molecular biology to field ecology. As a result, many of our students become engaged in multi-semester undergraduate research projects in collaboration with Widener’s distinguished faculty. The university also has a thriving Summer Undergraduate Research Program, providing opportunities for student presentations at regional and national scientific conferences; some have appeared in peer-reviewed publications.

student and professor performing experiment

Personalized Learning Experience

Biology students develop meaningful mentoring relationships with faculty and engage directly in productive learning opportunities—both in and out of the classroom. Biology classes are small with a maximum enrollment of 16 in many of the laboratory courses, all of which are taught by full-time biology faculty members who are focused on the academic and professional success of each student.

students in lab

Flexible Curricula

The biology department offers two degree options: (1) a bachelor of science in biology, the “traditional” biology degree that prepares students for entry into advanced study in either graduate or medical school; (2) a bachelor of arts in biology for students who wish to combine their biology training with study in another field. This cross-disciplinary approach includes coursework in areas such as physical therapy, genetic counseling, law, and management, and benefits students entering careers and graduate programs.


State-of-the-Art Facilities

Widener's specialized teaching laboratories and off-campus field sites allow students to experience working in professional, real-life settings that prepare them for careers after college.

  • karen levy
  • andrew cenophat
  • jacie shuman
  • Bukola Ojo
  • Kelsey Fisher
karen levy

Karen Levy


Majoring in biology not only gives you the building blocks necessary for understanding pathology, but it also allows you to get hands-on experience in the laboratory and in the field. The personalized biology curriculum at Widener helps solidify your interest in science and allows you to find your niche in the scientific community.

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andrew cenophat

Andrew D. Cenophat


You will certainly be challenged and pushed to think critically, however, you will also be rewarded with excellent memories, friendships, and insight into the sciences and life. 

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jacie shuman

Jacie Shuman


Regardless of the major you decide, get involved on campus! You never know what opportunity might happen because of it

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Bukola Ojo

Bukola Ojo


College of Arts and Sciences faculty are really involved in research and encouraged presenting regionally and national. My research at Widener has been invaluable in preparing me for the research I have since been involved with and with public speaking/presentations.

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Kelsey Fisher

Kelsey Fisher


Upon graduation, I had hands-on, real-world experience of the entire scientific method from observation to publication. This not only made me a competitive applicant, but I was also a step ahead of other graduate students in my cohort (in terms of experience). 

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Alumni Perspective: Nicole Gilette '16 biology & biochemistry major

Nichole Gilette

"As I started to do more research and have more in-depth, impactful research experiences [at Widener], I began to create this understanding that as a scientist I can impact so many more patients than I can ever physically effect as a clinician.

The kind of intimate, one-on-one level of personal mentorship that I got from professors in the biology department, and from any department, is very unique to a place like Widener."

I would not be the leader, the scientist or the kind of person that I am now if it were not for those interpersonal experiences that I had at Widener."


Nicole is pursuing doctor of medicine/doctor of philosophy degrees at Harvard Medical School to train to become a physician-scientist.

Read more about Nicole's Widener story.

Recent Employers

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • DuPont Chemical Company
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • McCormick Corporation
  • Monell Chemical Senses Center
  • WuXi PharmaTech
  • Cornell University Medical Center
  • Beth Israel Medical Center

Graduate Programs/Medical Schools

  • University of Delaware
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Penn State Hershey College of Medicine Graduate Program
  • Widener University Physical Therapy Doctoral Program
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • SUNY Optometry
  • Temple University Medical School
  • Temple University Dental School
  • Thomas Jefferson University College of Pharmacy
  • Harvard University Medical School
  • Weill Cornell Medicine Medical College
  • Columbia University College of Physicians
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • University of Michigan School of Medicine
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University
  • Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine