111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
The Biological Sciences Department encourages students to gain experience outside our department in any endeavor they feel appropriate for their career goals. However, to gain academic credit for these experiences, students must first have completed the department’s core requirements and they must have obtained approval from a department faculty member who is willing to oversee the academic elements of the experience.
Undergraduates can pursue B.A. or B.S. degrees in biochemistry, biology, molecular
biology, or behavioral
neuroscience and the Department is affiliated with programs in premedical
or predental sciences, and bioengineering.
Our curricula offer distinctive experiences that provide exceptional
preparation for graduate school, professional training, and careers
in health-related industries. Students are actively encouraged to
become involved in independent study and honors research where they
work directly with faculty and graduate students on the generation
of new knowledge. Through coursework and laboratory experience,
students learn to conceptualize and address scientific problems,
understand professional responsibility, work independently and as
part of a team, and bring an integrated,
multi-disciplinary perspective to bear on contemporary issues in
the life and health sciences.
The success of the Department’s programs is reflected in
several measures. Biological Sciences has the largest sciences major constituency
at Lehigh and over 60% are women. We also have the largest
number of students involved in independent study/honors research
with faculty. External recognition for the outstanding quality of
our programs is reflected in four Biological Sciences
Education grants from the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute, which has provided $5.5 million in
support for undergraduate programs. These grants place us in very
select company nationally among doctoral granting institutions, and they reflect our commitment to the intellectual
and personal growth of our students.