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 fewer 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.

Health and Wellness
The study of physical activity, health, and wellness and its practical appli
cation 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.

Biology
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 size and hands-on scientific practice in the lab and field. Faculty members provide a broad coverage of expertise that offers students a solid foundation in core biological principles/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 Biology majors interested in pursuing post-graduate education. The department also offers six Biology minors to students wishing particular specialization:
• Animal Behavior
• Cell and Molecular
• Environmental
• General Biology (for non-Biology majors)
• Neuroscience
• Zoo Biology

In this major, you are a part of a highly successful Biology Department with ties to institutions such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Program 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.

Psychology
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:
• Clinical/counseling, social, and developmental psychology
• Forensic psychology
• Industrial/organizational psychology
• Neuropsychology
• 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.