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Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

The major in Environmental Sciences provides an in-depth foundation in environmental concepts as well as an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Students may perform independent study (BIOL-490: Independent Study in Biology) during their junior or senior year under the direction of a department member, an established scientist or a physician at a graduate school or major research center. Major students who meet academic qualifications are encouraged to participate in the Biology Departmental Honors Program, which provides greater challenges.

Major and Minor Requirements

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Class Experiences

Chestnut Hill College science faculty members 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 classroom instruction by highly qualified and experienced professors, students receive a well-rounded liberal arts education.

The department sponsors a successful annual Biomedical Seminar Series, through which prominent speakers in cutting-edge fields of basic and medical research present their findings to the college community and the public. 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 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.

Recent student internships, honors and independent research projects were performed at:

  • Temple University School of Medicine
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Cephalon Inc. of West Chester
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
After Graduation

Graduates ofChestnut 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.

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Contact Information

Take some time and think about Environmental Sciences 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

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