Biology majors at Thiel enjoy individual attention from highly qualified professors that assist them in choosing their professional path. At Thiel, we believe in providing students with real-world hands-on experiences both in and out of the classroom. That’s why professors fully encourage students to conduct independent study that allows them to produce original research. Labs and field-based courses encourage students to experiment and analyze biological problems and communicate effectively about biological matters. Professors also help students find study abroad and internship opportunities that fit their individual interests.
Students that major in biology at Thiel College have the opportunity to explore a wide range of sub-disciplines found in contemporary biology, from the cell to molecular biology to the ecosystem level of organization. Thiel offers a unique interdisciplinary neuroscience program that teaches students how and why the brain works as it does, as well as a track in secondary education for those considering a career as a biology teacher.
Thiel’s biology department offers several different programs to fit each student’s interests. Our bachelor’s degree options include a B.S. and B.A. in biology – conservation and traditional tracks and B.A. and B.S. options in communication sciences & disorders. What’s more, through our Allied Health Programs students can earn a B.A. in cytotechnology and a B.A. in medical technology. These programs include clinical coursework, with the fourth year being spent off-campus at a hospital-based program. The department also offers four minors: behavioral biology, food and agricultural biology, medical biology, and wildlife biology.
There are numerous internship opportunities that biology students can take advantage of at Thiel. Past students have even interned at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. When it comes to hands-on experience, the Greenville Neuromodulation Center Faculty/Student Research Institute provides funding for students to conduct and present research. Many students present their research at conferences, such as the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Biology Research Symposium, the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Symposium and the Allegheny Branch of the American Society of Microbiology meeting. Senior projects also allow students to conduct their own research and present their findings to faculty and peers.
There are so many different ways for biology students at Thiel to get involved! For starters, the Tri-Beta Biology Society hosts dozens of events every year, including hands-on biology workshops with elementary school children. Biology majors also have the opportunity to be inducted into The National Society of Leadership and Success. The Health Professions Institute provides resources for students who are interested in healthcare fields.
Our students embark on many different career paths after graduation. While some enter the job force right away, others go on to graduate school to earn masters and doctoral degrees. Our alumni have gone on to work at places such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service and the Pittsburgh Zoo. Others have gone on to hold positions as lab technicians at large companies. With a biology degree from Thiel, there are so many different paths you can take!
“...they help throughout the entire process by giving advice or helping to steer me down the path so I can achieve my goals. It is this individual attention that catapults Thiel ahead of all the other [colleges].” Mindy Wolfe ’12