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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! - many of our students go on to professional schools, and become doctors, veterinarians or dentists, currently working throughout the state of Connecticut. Our B.S. in biology allows you the broad education and research training needed to succeed in these professional schools and aligns well with the admission requirements for most medical schools. Our courses also prepare students for the MCAT, DCAT, VCAT, GRE Biology subject exams and others.

  • Our biology degree provides you the broad education required for a marine biology career. A number of our biology alumni have pursued graduate degrees in marine biology. The key to success in a marine biology career is a broad training in various aspects of biology and chemistry at the undergraduate level. In addition, research experience is important, whether it is an independent study project conducted under the direction of an ECSU faculty member, or participation in a summer research internship at another institution (e.g., a marine field station). Students interested in marine biology often participate in our Tropical Biology program, or pursue an internship at Mystic Aquarium or with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Yes! - For these careers you take the same biology courses as other biology majors during the first two years, and then specialize in medical or human health-oriented courses for your junior and senior year. Chemistry and physics requirements are also to be met - you need to check the websites for the schools with those professional programs so you can take all the specific courses they may require, which can vary from school to school. Many of our biology graduates have gone on to the Physician's Assistant programs at Quinnipiac University and St. Louis University and have been successful in the field. Some interested in Physical Therapy programs have gone on to specialize in that field in universities in Pennsylvania.

  • Many of our B.S. in biology graduates go on to finish their nursing practical training at either a community college (such as Three Rivers Community College) or do the Master's in Nursing program to become a Registered Nurse (after passing the state board exam) and earn a Master's degree. Either option takes about 1 to 1½ years to complete.

    Additional courses (not offered at Eastern) can result in earning a Bachelor in Science in Nursing (BSN) or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse degree (APRN/NP) which is equivilent to the master's.

    Our students indicate that having had the close faculty-student mentoring and broad lab training at Eastern makes them more successful in getting through the nursing practical training and obtaining jobs in that field.