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Science & Engineering Profile

At Wilkes University the study of science and engineering goes beyond classroom theory to hands-on research and real-world application.

Wilkes offers the resources of a large university in the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college where students work side by side with faculty mentors.

Science and engineering students at Wilkes work in laboratories and with equipment that often only graduate students at larger universities get to touch. Recent Wilkes graduates are in M.D./Ph.D. programs, in graduate school conducting their own National Science Foundation–funded research, and in management development programs for major corporations.

New science center
The 72,500-sq. ft., environmentally friendly Cohen Science Center features state-of-the-art equipment and related laboratory space for hands-on experiential learning—a hallmark of the Wilkes experience. The third floor is dedicated to research laboratories for biology, chemistry, and environmental research, encouraging interdisciplinary connections and student-faculty interactions on teams.

Biological sciences and chemistry
Science majors at Wilkes University go beyond learning theory. Yes, expert faculty will engage students in lively lectures and labs. But experiences in the laboratory and field open a world of research and internship opportunities. 

Whether it’s checking the health of streams in northeast Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale region, firing up northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, or tracking hospital infections, students gain experience not available to undergraduate students at most schools. Support for research comes from the prestigious National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, among other sources. And even freshmen can get in on research at Wilkes. 

Pre-health programs
Wilkes University’s full-time health sciences advisor guides interested students of any major through the process of getting into medical or other professional schools. Students interested in medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, podiatry, or other professional school receive guidance on selecting undergraduate courses, preparing for entrance exams, and applying to schools. 

More than 90% of students who have strong academic and service records, complete the pre-medical core, and receive letters of evaluation from the Health Sciences Committee are accepted into professional programs.  

Interested high school students can apply to 3+4 programs, which allow for three years of study at Wilkes followed by admission to affiliated professional schools. Wilkes also offers early assurance programs that guarantee select students a seat in aspecific medical school upon completion of the bachelor’s degree and requirements set by the medical school.

ABET-certified engineering
Engineering study at Wilkes combines small class sizes with advanced research and unparalleled hands-on learning opportunities. Cooperative learning and a yearlong senior project provide real-world experience. 

Labs are taught by professors—not graduate assistants. Undergraduates use equipment accessed only by graduate students at larger institutions. State-of-the-art laboratories include applied manufacturing, automation robotics, communications, computation, confocal miscroscopy, electric machines, electrical measurements and mechatronics, fluids and aerodynamics, heat and mass transfer, materials characterization, mechanical design and testing, microelectric development, nanocoating, and physics.

All engineering students are encouraged to participate in at least one internship or cooperative learning experience as part of the four-year engineering program. Electrical, mechanical, and environmental engineering programs are ABET-certified. 

Wilkes University’s Mesa, Arizona, site offers engineering majors a unique opportunity to intern for one semester in the desert Southwest.

Math and computer science
In our digitally connected world, the science of mathematics and computers reaches ever more into daily life.  Wilkes’s broad curricula help students develop problem-solving ability they can employ in numerous disciplines. Recent computer science graduates are employed by companies such as Google, NASA, IBM, Intel, and Lockheed Martin.

About Wilkes
Located at the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, along the shore of the Susquehanna River, and within walking distance of downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Wilkes University is a private comprehensive institution. Wilkes offers a broad range of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering, business administration, nursing, and education as well as Master of Fine Arts, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees.



• 41 majors
• 2,400+ undergraduate students
• 15:1 student-faculty ratio
• Average class size: 15
• 90% matriculation rate to medical and other pre-professional schools
• 20 NCAA Division III varsity teams
• U.S. Air Force and Army ROTC
• 51:49 male-female ratio
• Undergraduates from 21 states and 11 countries

• Applied and Engineering Sciences
• Biochemistry
• Bioengineering 4+1 B.S./M.S.
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Computer Information Systems
• Computer Science
• Earth and Environmental Sciences
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Management
• Environmental Engineering
• Mathematics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Medical Laboratory Sciences
• Neuroscience
• Pharmacy (guaranteed-seat program)
• Physics

• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-occupational Therapy
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-physician Assistant
• Pre-podiatry
• Pre-veterinary