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Biology and Other Natural Sciences



Biology Opens Many Career Opportunities

Biology can launch you toward many varied opportunities, from laboratory research to health care, medical school to physician assistant programs, pharmacy to veterinary science.  UHC has developed a prestigious Biology program that is small in numbers yet big in the results it brings to students.   

Here, students find a rigorous academic program that serves as a strong foundation for acceptance to medical school and other health professional schools or for careers in teaching, research or other fields.  Small classes, mentorship with committed professors, well-equipped laboratories and individualized guidance give Biology students a measureable advantage. 

An impressive percentage of Biology graduates enter medical school, dentistry school, veterinary school, and professional programs for physician assistants, pharmacy, physical therapy and dental hygiene.

You Can Always Ask Your Professsor

UHC's personalized education experience and small classes are particularly useful in Biology, where students integrate laboratory experiences with lectures and study. There's always time and opportunity to talk to your professors, who are committed to mentoring students.  Many courses are taught by physicians with extensive clinical experience who served as medical school preceptors and mentors.  Advising also is based on real-life experiences.  Professors guide students in selecting ideal courses and course sequences.

Every Student Has Their Own Microscope

UHC has exceptionally well-equipped and completely renovated Biology, Chemistry and Physics laboratories.   Anatomy and Physiology laboratories feature advanced, whole-animal dissections. Professors focus heavily on clinical case studies to correlate didactic materials with clinical applications. Small class sizes enable Biology students to study concepts and conduct practical experiments that deepen understanding.

Undergraduates Can Pursue Research

UHC is part of the Small World initiative, a nationwide research collaboration based at Yale University, which crowd-sources the search for effective antibiotics.  This association gives UHC undergraduates the opportunity to take a research course where they learn to analyze soil samples for possible application in antibiotic development.  Many antibiotics in use today originate in soil's organic matter.  Students will work with south Louisiana soils and contribute their work to a larger, national initiative.

Degrees In Biology, Cell Biology, Teaching

General bachelor's degree in Biology and Cell Biology incorporate the study of living organisms, including Anatomy and Physiology, with support from Chemistry,  Earth Science, Mathematics and Physics. After completing core requirements, Biology majors start a course of study that includes courses in Zoology, Biochemistry and more.  There's also a degree program that trains students to teach Biology in secondary schools.

Pre-Professional Programs Focus On Getting You Accepted

UHC gives students a strong foundation that can get you accepted into medical and health-related professional schools--and help you achieve once you get there. 

All UHC departments help students think analytically, communicate effectively and achieve in their undergraduate courses.  Students also have opportunities to develop leadership and professional skills, and get involved in the community.  These are skills and qualities mandatory for acceptance to all professional schools. 

Students never get lost in a crowd.  Faculty, counselors and other supportive staff get to know you and help you plan an academic program designed to get you accepted.  Choosing optimum major courses and elective courses can help you reach your goals. In many instances, faculty have first-hand, professional school experience that they pass along to students they mentor. 

Preparation For Competitive Careers Starts Here

Pre-med and other related majors are completely geared to help students prepare for professional schools.  Advising is based on real-life experiences.  Professors guide students in selecting ideal courses and course sequences and serve as mentors through a complicated process.

At UHC, Courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Histology and Pharmacology are modeled after medical and dental school curricula.  The exceptional preparation in these and other courses give students skills that are essential to success.  There’s also a heavy emphasis on cross-sectional structure, radiographic anatomy and microscopic skills to help students prepare for clinical environments that rely on new non-surgical modalities.  End exams for these majors are the entrance exams for graduate study:  MACT, DAT, GRE, PCAT or OAT.  Tests often includes MCAT-type questions that develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills necessary for success on the entrance examinations and testing at the next level.

Get Active With Other Students

Hayden Wagar and Aujunee Johnson helped organize an American Medical School Student Assocation chapter at UHC.  Active in profesion development and contributing to community, Wagar and Johnson volunteer at Children Hospital and organized a special prom for teen patients receiving treatment.

2014 Biology graduate Candi Blandin sums up her college experience.  “The best part of attending UHC is never feeling like a stranger. It always feels like home. Holy Cross instilled in me the desire to strive for excellence even in the midst of adversity and doubt... and it doesn't hurt to admit that I have had some pretty awesome times with some truly amazing people that I met here.”

What Graduates Attending Professional Schools Say

UHC Biology graduate Lily Truong, now an LSU Medical School student: “UHC professors have continually gone out of their way to lend me an ear, a hand.”

 “Thank you so much for the wonderful experience at Holy Cross.  The good old Anatomy and Physiology I class I took pushed me to excel in ways I didn’t think were possible.  Since that class, I have strived to push myself to the limit.”  
Katlynn Colburn, UHC Biology graduate and student, LSU School of Dentistry

“When I started veterinary school, microanatomy and physiology had a majority most of the class freaking out, but I felt ahead of the game.  It was because of Dr. Pinner’s Histology class.  Everything they lectured on I already knew.   He really made a difference in my education and prepared me for veterinary school.”
-- Shelly Puderer, UHC Biology graduate, current Veterinary Medicine student

“My personalized experience at UHC allowd me to grow intellectually, spiritually and professionally.” 
Miranda Dermady, BS Biology ’10, Xavier University College of Pharmacy

For Questions or More Information

Contact Enrollment Services at 504-398-2175 




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