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Biology is the study of life. Deeply rooted in the human spirit, biology is a discipline for unusually inquisitive minds.  With such a broad range of study, biology relies on an understanding of many other sciences.  The study of biology is enjoying its most exciting era with the recent advent of recombinant DNA technology, cloning, molecular-based therapeutics, and inherited genetic disorders.

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Joe Swoyer, Biology Major, '08

“A huge advantage of attending a smaller college is specialized attention. I remember when I was first looking at undergraduate schools. I applied to eight different schools with my main focus being a larger school."

"My original intent of study was Law. I got into each of the schools I applied to, including Villanova. Dr. Joseph Kulkosky contacted me and extended an invitation to view Chestnut Hill and the Biology department. I decided to go and check out the place even though I was very intent on attending Villanova.  

"When I arrived at CHC, Dr. Kulkosky explained to me what CHC had to offer. We spoke for an extended period of time and I could tell he was really interested in what I had to say and was willing to help me get to where I wanted to go. It is really something great when a true professor is very genuine and aids his students throughout their entire career at the college. This persuaded me to change pathways and put in the deposit to attend CHC." 

 How did CHC help shape your future? 

“Ultimately, I believe as I went through school I have developed a strong core of intellectual, moral, and powerful characteristics that has helped set me up for success. Personally, I have achieved much so far and am continuously pushing myself to go well above and beyond the limits.     

"I am constantly growing personally as well as professionally. For example, a few years back I decided I wanted something that would set me above the bar as a practicing physical therapist. I stayed up many nights throughout my years, many times pulling all-nighters, brainstorming and building. I currently have a patent pending product that has the potential to enhance physical rehabilitation for patients post-op orthopedic surgery.”   

Joe’s Career  

"I am a licensed physical therapist and certified personal trainer. I am a full time employee at Novacare Rehabilitation. I also work part-time for a home care agency, do independent PT contract work with a company specializing in pediatrics and work as an independent contractor for personal training." 

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Major and Minor Requirements

Click here to read the course catalog for more information.

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Sports Medicine Concentration

The Biology Major offers a Sports Medicine Concentration, more information is available in the Catalog linked above.

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Class Experiences

Graduates at Chestnut Hill College's Department of Biology are placed in reputable graduate and pre-professional schools pursuing their higher education in Biology, Molecular Biology Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry, Nursing, and Emergency Medicine.  Recent students have earned M.S., M.D., V.M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at several of the nation's top universities.

The faculty members at Chestnut Hill College have expertise in critical sub disciplines in Biology including Environmental Sciences, Organismal Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Infectious Diseases, Recombinant DNA technology as well as Human Genome Research. The class sizes are usually small, affording individualized and close interaction with the faculty members of the Department.   Along with your classroom instruction by highly qualified and experienced professors you are going to get a well-rounded liberal arts education.

Biomedical Seminar Series

The Department sponsors a very successful annual Biomedical Seminar Series, inviting prominent speakers in cutting-edge fields of basic and medical research. This provides a forum to review and discuss recent advances in biomedical research and fosters meaningful interactions with our neighboring major basis and medical research institutions.


Our programs provide Biology majors with diverse opportunities to integrate rigorous academic study with practical experience. An Honors Program in Biology provides greater levels of challenge for exceptional students. Internships or Independent Studies place students under the direction of a Department member or qualified scientist/mentor or physician at external graduate/medical schools and major research centers. In fact, it's not uncommon for an internship to lead to full-time employment after graduation.


After Graduation

The career opportunities are broad and diverse. Graduates find positions as science or engineering technicians, health technologists, and research technicians. Graduates may also choose to be educators in elementary or high schools. Those who go on to pursue a doctorate usually obtain faculty appointments at private and public colleges and universities.

An advanced degree in Biology is also valuable and usually necessary for obtaining the most lucrative positions in the rapidly emerging private-sector discipline of Biotechnology. Obtaining a degree in Biology is also the most favorable and chosen track for entry into pre-professional schools to study medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and related health care professions.

Contact Information

Take some time and think about Biology as your major. It is a critical decision we encourage you to call us so that we can help you sort through all your options. For more information, call:

Joseph Kulkosky, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biology
Associate Professor

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