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The College of Sciences, Health and the Liberal Arts is where the philosopher meets the chemist, the biologist collaborates with the psychologist, and the future lawyer connects with the future doctor. An interdisciplinary approach to learning is at the heart of the College, where the liberal arts convene with social, health, and behavioral sciences to form a truly innovative curriculum.

Students in The College of Sciences, Health and the Liberal Arts explore their passions, develop communication skills, and learn ethical professional practices. They tackle real-world issues through study abroad opportunities, environmental and conservation fieldwork, clinical experiences and mock trial competitions. With attentive advising, community engagement, and participation in faculty research, our students are prepared to succeed in the professional realm or to continue their academic studies at a higher level. No matter which path they choose - whether they work for FEMA, join the Peace Corp, or attend a tier-1 law school - our graduates are valued for their integrative thinking, collaborative work ethic, and global perspective.

Academic Programs

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs
  • Combined Degrees

Biochemistry (B.S.)

Biochemistry (B.S.)

Students gain valuable research experience in the B.S. in Biochemistry program, where their education culminates in a research project presented at a scientific conference. The curriculum highlights chemical concepts and inquiry-based experiments while emphasizing critical thinking.


Biology (B.S.)

Biology (B.S.)

With an innovative curriculum providing broad scientific study, the B.S. in Biology program allows undergraduates to explore their passions. Students receive hands-on instruction through field work in the Philadelphia area. Study abroad opportunities give students a global perspective.


Biopsychology (B.S.)

Biopsychology (B.S.)

The study of the biological bases of behavior is the crux of the B.S. of Biopsychology curriculum. Students take classes in psychology, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Biopsychology majors work with faculty mentors to tailor their course of study to their professional goals.


Chemistry (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

At PhilaU, students learn chemistry in the context of global issues and participate in research early on in the B.S. in Chemistry program. Faculty members incorporate real-world data in the classroom, giving students a crucial combination of research and laboratory skills.


Environmental Sustainability (B.S.)

Environmental Sustainability (B.S.)

The B.S. in Environmental Sustainability is an interdisciplinary program that combines science with public policy, economics and cultural studies. Our program prepares undergraduates to meet the global challenges of environmental sustainability with innovation and passion.


Health Sciences (B.S.)

Health Sciences (B.S.)

Thanks to early access to a faculty of health professionals, students in the B.S. in Health Studies program have immediate insight into the healthcare industry. They can explore many academic interests through a variety of electives in psychology, genetics and public health.


Law and Society (B.S.)

Law and Society (B.S.)

The B.S. in Law and Society program’s innovative curriculum combines sociology, criminology, psychology and political science. Students acquire communication skills in a supportive environment and professional experience through internships at the UN and FBI, among other organizations.


Pre-Medical Studies (B.S.)

Pre-Medical Studies (B.S.)

Undergraduates in the B.S. in Pre-Medical Studies take a broad range of science courses in preparation for medical school or a career in the health field. Our faculty takes a problem-based learning approach, while students get additional instruction from clinic experiences and preceptorships.


Professional Communication (B.S.)

Professional Communication (B.S.)

In the B.S. in Professional Communication program, students learn to integrate the latest technology with traditional media. Our interdisciplinary curriculum combines writing, visual design and public relations to prepare graduates for careers in the ever-expanding communication field.


Psychology (B.S.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Of the 16 required psychology courses, students in the Psychology program select eight themselves. They also minor in a specific area of interest, allowing them to tailor their curriculum to their career objectives. The psychology major requires a three-semester sequence in research.


Disaster Medicine and Management (M.S.)

Disaster Medicine and Management (M.S.)

The M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management program prepares students to be leaders in all facets of disaster and emergency response and recovery. Our program incorporates experiential learning with intensive online work, interdisciplinary collaboration and research analysis.


Midwifery (M.S.)

Midwifery (M.S.)

A community-based distance-learning program, the M.S. in Midwifery weaves the traditional practices of midwifery with current technology and best-evidence. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to care for women throughout their lives as primary health providers with an emphasis on a personalized approach, not only during pregnancy, but also for a lifetime of health and wellness.


Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

With a hybrid learning model, the M.S. in Occupational Therapy trains students to be compassionate therapists. Our program emphasizes client-centered care while incorporating the latest research and technology. OT students gain skills through classroom and clinic experience.


Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Occupational Therapy (OTD)

This post-professional doctoral program is designed for occupational therapists who are ready to advance their knowledge, practice and careers. As a student in the program, you will apply best-practice evidence, build innovative programs, design services, work effectively on inter-professional teams, and strengthen leadership roles.


Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.)

Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.)

Students in the Physician Assistant Studies program receive the necessary instruction to deliver high-quality care in an expanding health industry. Our program comprises classroom and clinic experience, whereby students gain technical skills and a humanistic approach to patient care.


Community and Trauma Counseling (M.S.)

Community and Trauma Counseling (M.S.)

PhilaU’s M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling equips students to handle the emotional aftermath of catastrophic events. Our faculty of professionals offers real-world instruction, preparing graduates for careers in private practices, agency settings, and other environments.


Health Sciences (B.S.)
Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.)

Health Sciences (B.S.)
Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.)

This combined degree program is designed for prospective students who already know they would like to pursue a career as physician assistants. Students enter as freshmen and gain a background in health sciences before beginning graduate-level work in their fourth year of study.


Health Sciences (B.S.)
Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Health Sciences (B.S.)
Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Students who are certain that they would like to practice occupational therapy can enroll in this combined degree program. Starting graduate-level work in their fourth year, students receive the M.S. in Occupational Therapy more quickly than if they had pursued separate degrees.


Psychology (B.S.)
Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Psychology (B.S.)
Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

In this combined degree program, students receive an undergraduate background in psychology before starting graduate-level work in occupational therapy in their fourth year. Students enroll as first-years and receive the M.S. in Occupational Therapy after completing all requirements.


Psychology (B.S.)
Community and Trauma Counseling (M.S.)

Psychology (B.S.)
Community and Trauma Counseling (M.S.)

Prospective students committed to a career in community and trauma counseling can enroll in this combined degree program. Students fulfill undergraduate requirements in psychology in their first three years before progressing to graduate-level work in counseling in their fourth.

  • About the College

    The College of Sciences, Health and the Liberal Arts is where the philosopher meets the chemist, the biologist collaborates with the psychologist, and the future lawyer connects with the future doctor. An interdisciplinary approach to learning is at the heart of the College, where the liberal arts convene with social, health, and behavioral sciences to form a truly innovative curriculum.

    Students in The College of Sciences, Health and the Liberal Arts explore their passions, develop communication skills, and learn ethical professional practices. They tackle real-world issues through study abroad opportunities, environmental and conservation fieldwork, clinical experiences and mock trial competitions. With attentive advising, community engagement, and participation in faculty research, our students are prepared to succeed in the professional realm or to continue their academic studies at a higher level. No matter which path they choose - whether they work for FEMA, join the Peace Corp, or attend a tier-1 law school - our graduates are valued for their integrative thinking, collaborative work ethic, and global perspective.

  • Programs

  • Undergraduate Programs

  • Biochemistry (B.S.)

    Students gain valuable research experience in the B.S. in Biochemistry program, where their education culminates in a research project presented at a scientific conference. The curriculum highlights chemical concepts and inquiry-based experiments while emphasizing critical thinking.

  • Biology (B.S.)

    With an innovative curriculum providing broad scientific study, the B.S. in Biology program allows undergraduates to explore their passions. Students receive hands-on instruction through field work in the Philadelphia area. Study abroad opportunities give students a global perspective.

  • Biopsychology (B.S.)

    The study of the biological bases of behavior is the crux of the B.S. of Biopsychology curriculum. Students take classes in psychology, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Biopsychology majors work with faculty mentors to tailor their course of study to their professional goals.

  • Chemistry (B.S.)

    At PhilaU, students learn chemistry in the context of global issues and participate in research early on in the B.S. in Chemistry program. Faculty members incorporate real-world data in the classroom, giving students a crucial combination of research and laboratory skills.

  • Environmental Sustainability (B.S.)

    The B.S. in Environmental Sustainability is an interdisciplinary program that combines science with public policy, economics and cultural studies. Our program prepares undergraduates to meet the global challenges of environmental sustainability with innovation and passion.

  • Health Sciences (B.S.)

    Thanks to early access to a faculty of health professionals, students in the B.S. in Health Studies program have immediate insight into the healthcare industry. They can explore many academic interests through a variety of electives in psychology, genetics and public health.

  • Law and Society (B.S.)

    The B.S. in Law and Society program’s innovative curriculum combines sociology, criminology, psychology and political science. Students acquire communication skills in a supportive environment and professional experience through internships at the UN and FBI, among other organizations.

  • Pre-Medical Studies (B.S.)

    Undergraduates in the B.S. in Pre-Medical Studies take a broad range of science courses in preparation for medical school or a career in the health field. Our faculty takes a problem-based learning approach, while students get additional instruction from clinic experiences and preceptorships.

  • Professional Communication (B.S.)

    In the B.S. in Professional Communication program, students learn to integrate the latest technology with traditional media. Our interdisciplinary curriculum combines writing, visual design and public relations to prepare graduates for careers in the ever-expanding communication field.

  • Psychology (B.S.)

    Of the 16 required psychology courses, students in the Psychology program select eight themselves. They also minor in a specific area of interest, allowing them to tailor their curriculum to their career objectives. The psychology major requires a three-semester sequence in research.

  • Graduate Programs

  • Disaster Medicine and Management (M.S.)

    The M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management program prepares students to be leaders in all facets of disaster and emergency response and recovery. Our program incorporates experiential learning with intensive online work, interdisciplinary collaboration and research analysis.

  • Midwifery (M.S.)

    A community-based distance-learning program, the M.S. in Midwifery weaves the traditional practices of midwifery with current technology and best-evidence. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to care for women throughout their lives as primary health providers with an emphasis on a personalized approach, not only during pregnancy, but also for a lifetime of health and wellness.

  • Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

    With a hybrid learning model, the M.S. in Occupational Therapy trains students to be compassionate therapists. Our program emphasizes client-centered care while incorporating the latest research and technology. OT students gain skills through classroom and clinic experience.

  • Occupational Therapy (OTD)

    This post-professional doctoral program is designed for occupational therapists who are ready to advance their knowledge, practice and careers. As a student in the program, you will apply best-practice evidence, build innovative programs, design services, work effectively on inter-professional teams, and strengthen leadership roles.

  • Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.)

    Students in the Physician Assistant Studies program receive the necessary instruction to deliver high-quality care in an expanding health industry. Our program comprises classroom and clinic experience, whereby students gain technical skills and a humanistic approach to patient care.

  • Community and Trauma Counseling (M.S.)

    PhilaU’s M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling equips students to handle the emotional aftermath of catastrophic events. Our faculty of professionals offers real-world instruction, preparing graduates for careers in private practices, agency settings, and other environments.

  • Combined Degrees

  • Health Sciences (B.S.) / Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.)

    This combined degree program is designed for prospective students who already know they would like to pursue a career as physician assistants. Students enter as freshmen and gain a background in health sciences before beginning graduate-level work in their fourth year of study.

  • Health Sciences (B.S.) / Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

    Students who are certain that they would like to practice occupational therapy can enroll in this combined degree program. Starting graduate-level work in their fourth year, students receive the M.S. in Occupational Therapy more quickly than if they had pursued separate degrees.

  • Psychology (B.S.) / Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

    In this combined degree program, students receive an undergraduate background in psychology before starting graduate-level work in occupational therapy in their fourth year. Students enroll as first-years and receive the M.S. in Occupational Therapy after completing all requirements.

  • Psychology (B.S.) / Community and Trauma Counseling (M.S.)

    Prospective students committed to a career in community and trauma counseling can enroll in this combined degree program. Students fulfill undergraduate requirements in psychology in their first three years before progressing to graduate-level work in counseling in their fourth.