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Health & Medicine Profile

Canisius College is not for the faint of heart. Our academics are challenging. Curiosity is encouraged. Thinking, required. Students will undertake real-world experiences, participate in real research, and tackle real problems. 

Chemistry and biochemistry
Want to become a research chemist or biochemist and develop a new pharmaceutical product or discover a new class of materials? Interested in teaching science to high school students? How about preparing to become a medical doctor, physician assistant, physical therapist, dentist, pharmacist, or even a lawyer? With a chemistry or biochemistry degree from Canisius College, all of these possibilities, and many more, are yours to choose!

Canisius College has a 90% acceptance rate to medical schools and undergraduate research opportunities starting as early as the summer after your freshman year. Students present research results at national conferences and co-author publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. And our Pre-Health Center is dedicated specifically to helping students prepare for and apply to medical, pharmacy, and dental schools.

All courses are taught by full-time faculty. We have small class sizes: approximately 30 students in general and organic chemistry courses and typically less than 15 students in upper-level chemistry courses. All majors are advised by chemistry/biochemistry faculty. There is a high level of student-faculty interaction and active learning/teaching techniques used in the classroom.

Many visiting speakers, including Gassman Seminar Series speakers, come to campus to discuss the latest research developments and career opportunities. Our students gain hands-on experience with all major types of modern instrumentation, and our award-winning chemistry club is involved in numerous outreach and social events.

Share your knowledge of health and wellness with the world
The study of physical activity, health, and wellness and its practical application can significantly impact the health and quality of life for every individual, regardless of age, race, or gender. The health and wellness major prepares students to enter fields related to health and fitness while providing options for allied health and other medical-related fields.

Students will benefit from taking classes taught by faculty from the Department of Kinesiology. Group and individual assignments go beyond the classroom and challenge students to apply theories to real-life situations. Emphasis is placed on the development of cognitive knowledge that will adapt to various employment settings in fitness or health-related fields.

The health and wellness curriculum prepares students for work in a variety of health-related careers, including personal trainer, group exercise instructor, strength and conditioning coach, clinical exercise physiologist, sport dietician, and physical therapist, just to name a few.

Medical laboratory science
The medical laboratory science major
at Canisius will take you on a very straight path to a rewarding and well-respected career in the burgeoning medical sciences field.

It’s simple: three years of campus-based classroom and lab work, a one-year hands-on internship in an accredited hospital laboratory, and successful completion of a board certification exam gives you one great career. It is an intensive program, but you’ll get a jump on your career over other students in similar programs.

Class sizes are small, which means you get the chance for a lot of one-on-one instruction. In your hospital rotation, you’ll work in such areas as chemistry, phlebotomy, bacteriology, immunology, blood-bank, hematology, and parasitology. You’ll have many choices to pick from for a specific area that appeals to you.

There is a national shortage of licensed medical lab professionals.  This means hospitals and labs will be looking for you to work for them, not the other way around. Most Canisius students find dynamic career opportunities in laboratory medicine right after graduation. Others find jobs in areas such as medical administration, management, and medical instrument sales.

A special education/early childhood education dual-certification program certifies graduates to teach special-needs children from birth through second grade. There are also four programs designed for teachers in grades 6 and below: early childhood; childhood; early childhood/childhood; and students with disabilities/childhood. Each of these programs requires a specified number of courses in the College’s core curriculum, 10 courses in one of the eight academic disciplines (academic concentration), and appropriate professional education courses (Pedagogical Core). The eight academic concentration areas are the same for each area of certification. In all, there are 32 program options at this level.

Childhood majors need to choose one of the following academic concentrations: biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, music, physics, science, social justice, social studies, French, German, or Spanish. A list of concentration courses is available at

Candidates wishing to obtain an extension to teach grades 7-9 in their area of concentration must take EMC 352—Human Growth and Social Development: Middle Childhood and EMC 391—Cognition, Learning, Assessment, and Diagnostic Teaching: Middle Childhood in addition to the courses listed above. The science and social justice concentrations do not lead to middle school certificate extensions.

Institute for Autism Research (IAR)
With more than $6 million in federal
and private grants, the IAR conducts groundbreaking research and provides clinical treatment for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Canisius students are able to conduct high-level research and present at national conferences as undergraduates. Students can also work as research assistants at summerMAX, the IAR’s clinically proven treatment program for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.

Begin your career in psychology and its related disciplines with a foundation that only Canisius offers. We offer a strong academic program supplemented by personal attention and varied research opportunities in excellent scientific facilities. You will interact frequently with our faculty in and outside of the classroom, providing many occasions for personal guidance and collaborative research. 

The psychology program at Canisius is rigorous and flexible. Our faculty members are top educators and researchers with out-of-classroom experiences. Students have singled out the accessibility and quality of the faculty as being one of the most compelling features of the Canisius Psychology Department.

A variety of internships leading to jobs and career opportunities are available. Off-campus internships and research opportunities with faculty members provide students with hands-on experience to supplement their classroom learning.

Your career opportunities will be varied and highly flexible in a myriad of areas, including:
• Neuropsychology
• Clinical/counseling, social, and developmental psychology
• Industrial/organizational psychology
• Forensic psychology
• School psychology
• Sports psychology

Ninety-seven percent of recent psychology graduates from Canisius are employed or are enrolled in graduate studies. Our graduates enter a wide variety of graduate school programs and professions, and our program reflects this array of opportunity.