Do great work in the Health Sciences at Gettysburg College
Gettysburg College offers more than 10 science programs that students interested in health and medicine can pursue. In fact, our distinctive Health Sciences academic program integrates the study of biology, chemistry, and physics with a focus on the science of the human body in both wellness and disease. The Health Sciences major is excellent preparation for a career in medicine, dentistry, physician assistantship, nursing, physical therapy, public health, and more. Internship opportunities and independent research are valuable for graduate school admission, and the Health Sciences faculty will assist you in securing a clinical experience for your senior capstone requirement.
More than half of our students conduct research before they graduate. The Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute (X-SIG)—a community of scholars created to help students answer science’s most pressing questions—prepares students to become research ready, research active, and research connected. Students have the opportunity to work with distinguished professors to investigate cutting-edge developments and share their findings in scholarly journals and at professional conferences. Students who take part in research have earned Rhodes, Marshall, and Goldwater Scholarships; Fulbright Grants and Teaching Assistantships; and National Science Foundation Fellowships, as well as other awards.
Gettysburg students complete hands-on research with innovative equipment located in the Science Center, McCreary Hall, and Masters Hall. Among our most technologically advanced devices are our Anatomage Tables, which allow virtual dissection of the human body, and our new Multidisciplinary Imaging Suite, which includes an atomic force microscope. Health Sciences majors also conduct research in our specialized labs, including the Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab, the Neuromuscular Physiology Lab, the Molecular Physiology Lab, and the Integrative Physiology Lab.
We offer a four-year advising program for students interested in health professions careers. From finding health-related experiences like internships, externships, and job shadowing to filling out your application for medical or graduate school, our advisors help Gettysburgians achieve their goals.