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  • College of Arts & Sciences

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


FAQs, Biology

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the biology program at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

Is biology the best major for pre- physical therapy?

Physical therapy graduate programs are science intensive. A strong preparation in science is key to success in these programs. Widener provides several tracks for students who intend to enroll in a physical therapy graduate program. In biology, we have both BS and BA options, 3 +3, as well 4+3 guarantee programs. Any student majoring in biology can fulfill the course requirements to gain entry into a physical therapy graduate program without having to take extra science courses outside their major. Since 2005, 59 of our majors enrolled in Widener’s DPT program; 98.5% graduated with a DPT degree or are still actively enrolled in the program.

Is biology the best major for pre-healthcare professions?

Widener has several articulation agreements with MD, DO, and dental schools. In the BS option, biology majors can easily fulfill the requirements to gain entry into medical school without having to take extra science courses outside their major.  

Can I play a sport and be a successful student in biology?

Many of our biology majors are members of our varsity teams. They play just about every team sport or participate in swimming or on the track team. Many also enjoy club sports. In fact, biology has produced many record-breaking scholar-athletes. The important thing is to balance your commitment to your studies with your commitment to your sport or to any other extracurricular activity.

How easy is it to switch between the BS and the BA degrees?

Most students have found it very easy to switch between the two versions of our major. You will have an academic advisor who will be able to provide you assistance in making the transition.

Will I be able to study abroad?

Easily, especially if you choose one of our many short-term experiences or courses. Studying abroad for a semester is possible but requires extra planning and perhaps taking some courses in the summer. 

How do I get involved in research?

Read what our faculty members and other students are doing on their web pages and on the many posters that line our hallways, or ask your advisor or course instructor(s) about what they do. Chat with other students, especially when they present their work such as on Student Project Day. If something sounds interesting, go visit the professor! There is no GPA requirement for participation in research, and many students begin in the summer after their freshman year. 

Can I get a paying job in the biology department?

Many biology students actually get paid to conduct their own research at some point during their studies.