Find your science and math degrees at Carlow

Carlow University offers a variety of science and math degrees grounded in liberal arts that will prepare you for a myriad of careers that involve scientific and mathematical theories and applications. Math and science programs provide a strong foundation for related careers such as engineering, medicine and health care, and for graduate work. Courses are available on campus and online.

Biology, Chemistry and Data Analytic majors can receive up to $10,000 per year through our C-STEM Scholars program.

Learn to protect the nervous system during surgery

You’ll learn to keep patients safe during surgeries in the challenging and rapidly growing field of behavioral neuroscience with the Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring concentration. 

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the functioning and anatomical structures of the nervous system through this major. You will be trained to be a surgical neurophysiologist, recording the electrical activity of neurons in real time to protect the functioning of the nervous system during surgery.

Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) has been shown to significantly reduce the occurrence of neurological damage during high-risk surgeries in adults and children.

Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring curriculum 

The Behavioral Neuroscience major is an interdisciplinary program in neuroscience, building upon the strengths of Carlow University’s biology, psychology and chemistry programs. You will complete the IONM concentration with instructors at the UPMC Procirca Center for Clinical Neurophysiology.

Candidates must satisfy all requirements for the bachelor of science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience, meet UPMC Procirca Center for Clinical Neurophysiology’s admission requirement and Carlow University’s prerequisites for approval and recommendation. They must also be recommended by a science faculty member and/or advisor. 

Quick facts

  • Experience highly specialized hands-on training
  • Observe and assist in up to 150 surgical cases
  • Accumulate the clinical hours necessary to take the ABRET’s Certification in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (CNIM) Exam to be a certified surgical neurophysiologist

Alternate degree completion options

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring

This bachelor’s program is one of only four listed by ASET, The Neurodiagnostic Society, to offer a BS degree that leads to a career in neuromonitoring. Graduates can find employment in hospitals, health care companies, specialized sleep and epilepsy labs, education, academic and industry research, and industry sales.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22% growth in the number of neurodiagnostic technologists between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all health occupations.

Admission requirements and application process 

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Camryn Resele
Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Neuroscience program taught me how to make an impact

Camryn Resele ’21 said Carlow taught her how she can make an impact on someone’s life, whether it’s in the operating room or just passing another employee or visitor in the hospital’s hallway.

“Being that the IONM tract was so new at Carlow, I was leery of what my future career path might look like. My mind was almost instantly put to ease when I began clinicals and was able to use the education I received from Carlow and its Behavioral Neuroscience program and apply it to my field of work.”

— Camryn Resele ’21

Behavioral Neuroscience faculty

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If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Learn to understand the relationship between brain and behavior

The neuropsychology program will give you new insights into how the brain thinks, reasons, formulates and processes.

You will prepare to work in neuropsychology and clinical psychology, where neuropsychological assessments are an important part of clinical work. With the behavioral neuroscience degree, you will gain knowledge of the biological and physiological mechanisms that drive the nervous system and better understand the relationship between the brain and behavior.

The Behavioral Neuroscience major is an interdisciplinary program that builds on the strengths of Carlow University’s biology, psychology and chemistry programs.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Neuroscience degree curriculum

Carlow’s neuroscience program allows undergraduates to take courses in neuropsychology as well as to learn under scholar-practitioners. The curriculum includes a genetics course in which students investigate the maintenance, inheritance, transfer and expression of genetic information at the molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels. The cognitive psychology course explores its basic concepts and contemporary topics, such as will perception, attention, pattern recognition, consciousness, memory, the representation of knowledge, language, cognitive development, thinking and artificial intelligence.

Quick facts

  • Gain hands-on learning experiences
  • Leverage Carlow’s relationships with nearby research centers 
  • Be prepared for graduate work in psychology and neuropsychology
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Alternate degree completion option

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.

Career opportunities for neuropsychology

Graduates often find jobs assisting in mental health settings, such as psychiatric technicians. They also prepare for training that can ultimately lead to a career in clinical psychology.

Jobs in this profession are expected to grow about 3% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Behavioral Neuroscience faculty

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If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Minor in neuroscience

You can expand your physical science major with a minor in neuroscience. You will study how the functions and mechanisms of the nervous system affect behavior in animals and humans in conjunction with your major studies in biology, chemistry or psychology.

Behavioral Neuroscience Minor curriculum

This minor is designed for students not majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and is open to any major. A minimum of 21 credits is required;10 must be taken at Carlow University.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Foundations of Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology

Major in biology and make your own discoveries

As a Biology major at Carlow University, learn the scientific principles of living organisms, conduct student research, and prepare for your dream career or graduate studies in the healthcare, research or environmental fields.

Concentrations are available in:

Some of these concentrations are offered in an accelerated format, giving you the opportunity to graduate with a dual-degree in as few as five years.

You can receive up to $10,000/year through our C-STEM Scholars Program.Learn more

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Emma Whealdon, left, (nursing, ’24) and Alexandra Archey (nursing, ’24) work on an experiment during a microbiology lab with Dr. Beth Surlow in A.J. Palumbo Hall, Thursday, November 18, 2021. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)
Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Bachelor’s in biology curriculum

The biology major curriculum covers the entire scope of biological sciences from the structure and function of genes, proteins and cells to the ecology and evolution of organisms. Specializations have been designed to align with your potential career path (cardiovascular perfusion, environmental science & management, human biology).

Before graduating you will have an opportunity to conduct student research or complete a hands-on, professional internship through the senior capstone experience. Both provide an advantage as you pursue a career or graduate studies.

Quick Facts

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Liberal Arts advantage

As a Carlow University student, you have the opportunity to pursue a well-rounded liberal arts education full of career-readiness pathways including our honors program, internships, service-learning, study abroad and research.

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The Carlow Compass is our general education curriculum that allows you to develop your knowledge and skills as you discover what you want to study or pursue as a career.

Learn more about the curriculum

Career opportunities with a bachelor’s in Biology

Biologists find jobs in such fields as ecology, wildlife and zoology, molecular and cellular biology, and education. A bachelor’s in Biology sets the foundation for graduate programs in the medical fields.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth between 3% and 5% in a range of biological occupations from 2019 to 2029.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.

You can receive up to $10,000 per year through our C-STEM Scholars program.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Alternate degree completion option

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Biology faculty

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If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Increase your career potential with a minor in Biology

With this science-focused minor, you can enhance your biology background and pursue other career interests. A Biology minor prepares you for such fields as professional writing, business management, communications, psychology and social work. You will be ready for positions within organizations in the medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Biology minor curriculum

You must complete 18 credits, including two required courses and three advanced biology electives (at least two electives must be taken in residence at Carlow University).

Required courses include:

  • Foundations of Organismal Biology
  • Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Learn to operate heart-lung machines during surgery with a joint BS/MS degree

You can combine a liberal arts education with hands-on clinical experience with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and track into an accelerated master’s degree program in Cardiovascular Perfusion. 

You will learn how to operate the heart-lung machine during surgery. As you work toward your bachelor’s degree in Biology, you will complete requirements at UPMC Shadyside, while beginning your clinical training.
In this accelerated Cardiovascular Perfusion program, you will pursue Biology within the tradition of the liberal arts while accumulating the technical proficiency and professional skills required of health care professionals.

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From left, Makaylah Ballard (health sciences/pre-PA, ’24), asks a question of Dr. Meredith Eyre as Ella Witt (health sciences, ’24) looks on during a molecular and cellular biology lab in A.J. Palumbo Hall, Tuesday, November 16, 2021. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)
Degrees:

BS to MS

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Individually evaluated

Cardiovascular Perfusion program curriculum

You will complete your bachelor’s degree in Biology directly through Carlow University. The Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion is offered in coordination with the UPMC School of Perfusion. Up to 20 students per year are accepted into the master’s program.

Quick facts

  • Gain 18 months of clinical training at UPMC Shadyside
  • Graduate with BS and MS degrees in under 5 years
  • Prepare for an in-demand health care career
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Career opportunities for Perfusionists

Most perfusionists work in medical operating rooms. The American Society for Extracorporeal Technology expects hospitals to hire more perfusionists in coming years to compensate for the aging American population.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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Teaching for the 21st Century: MEd in STEM Curriculum & Instruction

Computational thinking is vital in today’s world. Carlow University provides teachers the skills they need to integrate science, technology, engineering and math into their curriculums. 

In the Master’s in STEM Teaching program, you will examine ethical issues, curricular models, robotic technology and current research in effective design and instruction, and will engage in inquiry projects and STEM-based field experiences. 

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Credits required:

30 credits 

Cost per credit:

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 12 months

Delivery:

On campus or online

Curriculum for MEd in STEM teaching

In this program, you will collaboratively apply, demonstrate and assess your own STEM curriculum. You’ll learn coding using Scratch, Snap and Python and will be introduced to the Flutter, Finch, Hummingbird, EarthTime, Circuit Blocks, Speck and Vex Robotics technologies.

Carlow University is a CREATE Lab satellite, which gives faculty access to emerging technologies. You will complete an Interdisciplinary Models course highlighting technology fluency and emerging technologies. You’ll have access to robotic technology and advanced professional development.

Community partnerships in the Pittsburgh area offer workshops and activities with guest speakers. 

Quick facts

  • Take courses at night or online in an 8-week format.
  • Complete your degree in 1 year or 2 years
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Certificate option

Graduate certificate in STEM Teaching

This program is available as a graduate certificate which leads to an endorsement from PDE for already licensed teachers.

Career opportunities for Master’s in STEM teaching

You’ll return to your classroom or other educational setting prepared to take on leadership roles and contribute in STEM education research and teaching, whether it be with a public, private or nonprofit organization. 

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
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Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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Empower 21st-century learners: STEM Teaching certificate

Carlow’s graduate certificate in STEM Teaching program will teach you what you need to know for the 21st-century classroom. Because Carlow is a CREATE Lab satellite (Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment), education faculty have access to the latest STEM technologies. The program embraces constructivism and progressivism while preparing you for living, working and thriving in a high-tech future. 

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Credits required:

12 credits

Cost per credit: 

$600/credit

Time to completion:

As few as 12 months

Delivery:

On campus or online

Graduate certificate in STEM Teaching curriculum

The curriculum examines ethical issues, current research, and inquiry models of learning and teaching, and finishes with an action-based research STEM project in a classroom or field site.  You’ll design an integrated STEM curriculum and be introduced to coding using the latest applications and software.

Quick facts

  • Stay up to date with current technology
  • Learn with an emphasis on computational thinking
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Career opportunities for graduate certificate in STEM Teaching

After completing the certificate program’s four-course sequence, you’ll return to your classroom or other educational setting prepared to take on leadership roles and contribute in STEM education research and teaching, whether it be with a public, private or nonprofit organization. Pennsylvania licensed teachers can obtain a Pennsylvania Department of Education STEM endorsement.

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
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Get on track to become an occupational therapist with a 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program

You can prepare for graduate-level studies or move into work in health care with a Pre-Occupational Therapy 3-Year Degree from Carlow University. In this fast-track program, you will establish a working knowledge of occupational therapy and learn critical thinking and leadership skills.

Upon completion, you will meet the curricular prerequisites for Carlow’s graduate-level Health Sciences programs, as well as most health science programs around the country.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Individually evaluated

Pre-Occupational Therapy degree curriculum

The Pre-Occupational Therapy program allows you to take courses in fall, spring and summer, with summer courses offered completely online. 

First-year courses include Introduction to Health Professions, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Physiology I, Quantitative Reasoning, Foundations of Writing I, and Contemplation and Action. Second-year courses include Neurophysiology, Introduction to Sociology, Physics of the Human Body, Life Span Developmental Psychology, Neuroanatomy and Abnormal Psychology. Third-year courses include Pathology for Rehabilitation, Pathophysiology and Clinical Kinesiology, General Chemistry I, and Communications in Health Care. The program also includes practicums, labs and internships.

Quick facts

  • Save time and money with a shorter program
  • Enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies faster
  • Attain the curricular prerequisites for graduate study at Carlow
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Career opportunities for Pre-Occupational Therapy

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for occupational therapists is slated to grow 16% over the next 10 years. 

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
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