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Integrative Organismal Biology

The Integrative Organismal Biology concentration emphasizes the study of the ecology, behavior, and evolution of organisms. The concentration is appropriate for students interested in working in fields such as wildlife management, forestry, environmental consulting, natural history, interpretation, environmental education, conservation, museum collections, management, zoo/aquarium collections management and for those planning to attend graduate school in botany, zoology, ecology, behavior, or evolution.

Laboratory Medicine

The Bachelor of Science program in Biology with a concentration in Laboratory Medicine prepares students to practice science in this diverse field. The goal of the program is to develop highly literate, compassionate, analytically competent persons who possess extensive contemporary knowledge of medical laboratory skills. Students are strongly urged to participate in scholarly activities such as research, scientific writing, presentation of papers and attendance at scientific meetings.

Podiatric Medicine Transfer

The Podiatric Medicine Transfer concentration is a seven-year cooperative degree program with Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM). Students accepted into the concentration will spend three academic years at East Stroudsburg University enrolled in the program leading to a B.S. in Biology. Students will receive their B.S. degree in Biology from ESU after successfully completing their first year at TUSPM. TUSPM will award a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine to students completing the four-year curriculum at TUSPM. Entrance into this concentration is restricted to beginning freshman.

Pre-Medicine

This is a broad spectrum concentration designed to prepare students for further training as medical professionals in the fields of dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, and veterinary.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Students entering this concentration are declared biology majors, but direct their class work and other activities toward gaining entrance into schools which offer post-baccalaureate programs leading to a physical therapy license. Entrance into physical therapy schools is highly competitive, and it is the purpose of ESU's concentration to provide students with a structured curriculum and the rigorous background they need to gain entrance to physical therapy graduate schools. ESU has an established internship program with several physical therapy clinics, providing students with at least 300 hours of experience working alongside a practicing physical therapist.

Pre-Physician Assistant

This concentration prepares students to be competitive applicants to post-baccalaureate programs leading to licensing as a physician assistant. Students complete a Biology major with a concentration in Pre-PA studies, which includes specific curricular requirements intended to provide background necessary for admission into a Physician Assistant graduate program. Students are also expected to obtain hundreds of hours of clinical experience outside the classroom, and there are many opportunities available at local medical facilities.