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, you’ll have a variety of career paths to choose from.
Starting as early as the summer after your freshman year, you’ll have access to research opportunities not typically available to undergraduates. Canisius students present research results at national conferences and coauthor 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. In fact, for six years in a row, our Pre-med candidates have been accepted to medical school at a rate of 86%.
All our courses are taught by full-time faculty. Small class sizes enable a high level of student-faculty interaction, and classroom instruction incorporates active learning techniques. There are approximately 30 students in general and organic chemistry courses and typically fewer than 17 students in upper-level chemistry courses. All majors are advised by faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 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.
Health and Wellness
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 will prepare you for a number of health and fitness careers, including personal trainer, group exercise instructor, strength and conditioning coach, clinical exercise physiologist, sport dietitian, and physical therapist. You’ll also learn about career options in allied health and other medical-related fields.
Classes are 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 can be applied to various employment settings in fitness or health-related fields.
Clinical Laboratory Science
The Clinical 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.
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 give you one great career. It’s 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’ll get the chance for a lot of one-on-one instruction. In your hospital rotation, you’ll work in areas such as chemistry, phlebotomy, bacteriology, immunology, blood bank, hematology, and parasitology. You’ll be able to choose a specific area that appeals to you.
A national shortage of licensed medical lab professionals means you’ll have a competitive edge for career opportunities with hospitals and labs. Most Canisius students find dynamic work in laboratory medicine right after graduation. Others find jobs in areas such as medical administration, management, and medical instrument sales.
The Biology major seeks to engage and challenge students through personalized educational experiences that prepare graduates for success in any biology-related career. Department courses emphasize active student-faculty mentorship through small class sizes and hands-on scientific practice in the lab and out in the field. Faculty members provide students with a solid foundation in core biological principles and skills. The program’s diverse research interests give students the vital benefit of research opportunities that address significant biological questions.
The Department offers a special Biology with Distinction degree for any students interested in pursuing postgraduate education. It also offers six minors to students who want a particular specialization:
• Animal Behavior
• Cell and Molecular Biology
• Environmental Biology
• General Biology (for non-Biology majors)
• Zoo Biology
Canisius’s Department of Biology is fortunate to have strong ties to institutions such as the nationally recognized Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Many of our graduates have successfully attained advanced graduate degrees in academic or health-related careers. Others have found employment in industry, research, education, or government service. The Biology Department has produced three Fulbright Scholars, and past graduates have been admitted to some of the most competitive advanced degree programs in the country.
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.
If psychology is your passion, you can begin your career with a foundation that only Canisius offers. Our strong academic program is distinguished by faculty mentoring and varied research opportunities in excellent scientific facilities. You’ll interact frequently with our faculty in and out of the classroom and benefit from personal guidance and collaborative research.
Our Psychology program is rigorous and flexible. Our faculty members are top educators and researchers with out-of-classroom experience. 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.
By the time you graduate, you’ll be prepared for career opportunities in a variety of areas, including:
• Clinical/counseling, social, and developmental psychology
• Forensic psychology
• Industrial/organizational psychology
• School psychology
• Sports psychology
Ninety-seven percent of recent Psychology graduates from Canisius are employed or enrolled in graduate studies.
If your goal is to pursue a career in health or medicine, consider one of the many exceptional academic programs at Canisius College.