Work in Health Care or Biomedical Research

Thinking about medical school or other health professions? Our biomedical sciences major is for you!

This versatile program will fully prepare you for any health-related field. Focused on health sciences, it still leaves ample room for developing other interests that enhance your application to professional schools.

If you want to be a health care professional, you may also wish to consider biology, biochemistry, chemistry, neuroscience and psychology as they are great points of entry to a career in health care. Many academic majors will prepare you for admission to professional schools if you also complete the required pre-requisite courses.

Jump into a career as a biomedical researcher or continue your studies to work in health care as a:

  • Physician (MD and DO)
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Optometrist
  • Physical therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Podiatrist

You'll also be ready for graduate study programs in biomedicine—including cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, immunology or microbiology—and to work in biomedical research.

Deciding can be difficult—we’re here to help! Our faculty are available to provide advice and insight as you consider your options. Email reichardbrown@susqu.edu

Ace Your Entrance Exams

Build a solid foundation in biology, chemistry and physics while also taking applied courses in anatomy and the social sciences, such as sociology and psychology. You'll also have a solid research background with your capstone research project, either in health care or on another topic.

You'll meet the requirements for admission to medical school and other professional programs and have all the courses you need to thoroughly prepare for entrance exams such as the MCAT, DAT,OAT and PCAT.

These exams require significant science coursework plus an emphasis on the social sciences. Our liberal arts curriculum is perfectly positioned to give you the broad-based critical thinking, reading, writing and communicating foundation you need to excel on the exam and as a practitioner.

Explore Other Interests

Our program is flexible so that you can fully explore your interests beyond science and add a second major or a minor. Our interdisciplinary minors help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

For example, want to provide health care in a Spanish-speaking community? Pick up a Spanish minor! Have a passion for music? A competitive athlete? No problem! You can do that here.

Our students go on to medical school at: 

Thomas Jefferson University
Penn State College of Medicine
Temple University
University of Buffalo
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Commonwealth Medical College
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rowan University
West Virginia University Osteopathic
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Virginia
Ohio State University

Our students go on to dental school at:

Temple University
University of New England

Our students go on to veterinary school at: 

University of California at Davis
University of Pennsylvania
Virginia Tech University
University of Oklahoma
University of Minnesota

Our students go on to study optometry at:

Salus University
Southern College of Optometry
Boston University

Our students go on to study podiatry at: 

Barry University

Our students are accepted to biomedical science graduate programs at:

University of Pittsburgh (interdisciplinary biomedical graduate program)
Duke University (cell and molecular biology)
Vanderbilt University (immunology)
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (microbiology and immunology)
Cornell University (biochemistry, molecular and cell biology)
Dartmouth University (molecular and cellular biology)

Our students find jobs right out of school at:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania
Duke University
West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp.

Tammy C. Tobin, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address tobinjan@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4067

Jack Russell Holt, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

holt@susqu.edu
570-372-4205

Margaret T. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address mpeeler@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4207

Matthew Persons, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

persons@susqu.edu
570-372-4526

David S. Richard, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address richard@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4206

Carlos Alberto Iudica, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

casaiud@susqu.edu
570-372-4208

David Matlaga, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address matlaga@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4347

Alissa A. Packer, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

packer@susqu.edu
570-372-4217

Thomas C. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address peelert@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4381

Jan Reichard-Brown, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

reichardbrown@susqu.edu
570-372-4031

Erin Rhinehart, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address rhinehart@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-2008

Tanya Hawley Matlaga, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology

matlagat@susqu.edu
570-372-4778

Pavithra Vivekanand, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology

Email Address vivekanand@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4422

Antonio Rockwell

Department: Biology
Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

rockwell@susqu.edu

Alexander Sweger

Department: Biology
Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

Email Address sweger@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4347

Audrey K Eroh

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant

eroh@susqu.edu
570-372-4211

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570-372-4067
tobinjan@susqu.edu

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