Resources & Opportunities

There are many resources and opportunities available to you that will enhance your learning in the Comprehensive Science program as well as within Villanova. If there are any other questions or concerns, please feel free to call the office at 610.519.4862.

Career Center

Career Planning

Counselors are available to discuss choice of major or career, and interest tests are administered. Our NovaNet Mentor program has over 500 alumni and other professionals ready to provide advice and referrals.

Employment Services

Hundreds of employers work with Career Services to offer campus interviews, collect resumes and list positions through GoNOVA. Employers also participate in career fairs and campus programs throughout the year. Year round resume reviews and videotaped practice interviews help students put their best foot forward.

Programs

The Career Fairs, Nursing Career Day, and Career Conferences are our most visible programs. Additional offerings include resume and interview workshops, career and industry panels, and presentations to classes and student organizations. The Teacher Job Fair, Graduate and Professional School Fair, MBA Talent Finder, PACNet Alumni Programs, and the Non-Profit Career Fair are held with local university consortia.

Career Cafe

Career and industry publications are available, as well as, desktop computers for research and preparation of career materials. The coffee's always free in our career library.

 

Health Profession Advising Office

The Office of the Health Related Science Advisor is located in Room 143 in the Mendel Science Center.  The Advisor, who can be contacted at 610-519-4833 or hpa@villanova.edu, provides information to all students interested in the health professions, such as course requirements, standardized tests and the application process.  Materials available for browsing include bulletins or brochures from a variety of schools as well as the following: 

    Medical School Admissions Requirements (allopathic medical schools)

    Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (osteopathic medical schools)

    Admissions Requirements of United States and Canadian Dental Schools

    Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements

    AMA's Health Professions Education Directory (which has information on 52 allied health occupations) 

    The New Physician, a monthly publication of the American Medical Student Association

All of the health professions programs have prerequisite courses, but the major is not an important factor.   When considering your choice of major, determine how easily the prerequisite courses will fit into the curriculum for the major.  It is very important for you to learn the course requirements and to ensure that the courses are taken in a timely manner.  Freshman year may not be too early to begin to take the prerequisite courses.  Check with the Advisor as soon as possible to learn what courses you must take and to discuss when they should be taken.  It is the student's responsibility to make certain that all requirements are met in a timely manner.

The office also provides letters of evaluation for students applying to some of the health professions programs, especially medical school and dental school.  It is wise to meet with the Advisor to discuss this process as well; again, freshman year is not too early to begin this process. 

Informational meetings and presentations by local admissions representatives and by alumni in the health professions are held throughout the year.  These meetings are to help the student learn more about the professions, the programs and the admissions process. They will also provide an opportunity to talk to admissions representatives about issues of specific concern.  The program for the current term is available at the Meetings website.  The schedule is subject to change, so check it often.

 

International Studies

Since its establishment in 1986, the Office of International Studies has encouraged students to consider the many options available for study abroad in a variety of academic programs overseas, as well as enrollment in Area Studies programs on campus. Countries as diverse as Japan, Morocco, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, China, Switzerland, India, England, Ireland and Australia have been settings where students have chosen to study.

All students wishing to study overseas must apply to the Office of International Studies located in Garrity Hall. Ordinarily students who study abroad are in their sophomore or junior year, hold a 2.75 GPA and are in good health. For study abroad students must have the approval of the Director of International Studies, their Departmental Chairperson and their College Dean. For additional information please contact Lance Kenney at 610.519.6066.

 

Internships

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides its students with the opportunity to earn course credit in departmentally related and academically creditable internships. Internships are not restricted to the Delaware Valley, and might take place in Washington, D.C., as well as other parts of the country.

Internships can be either part-time or full-time and last for the semester. Eligible applicants should be juniors or seniors with a 3.00 GPA. For further information and application material contact Kathleen Moore at 610.519.8900 in St. Augustine Center, room 451.

 

Math Learning Resource Center

The MLRC, located in Old Falvey, second floor, is a center for student learning excellence. At the MLRC, students gather to discuss mathematics, work on group projects or study independently. During its hours of operation (Monday-Thursday, 2:30-5:00 p.m. and 6:30-9:00 p.m. and Sunday: 6:30-9:00 p.m.) the MLRC is staffed by tutors who help students with all first and second year math courses. Our computer lab has 10 computers, capable of running the mathematical software currently being used in math courses at Villanova.

There is also a comprehensive collection of tutorial software in algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and differential equations, which students may use for independent learning. Most of this software is multi-media and entertaining to use The lab is also networked and connected to the Internet. A modest video library and three TV/VCR stations round out the offerings of the MLRC. Call the MLRC at 95193, or email mlrc@villanova.edu

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Summer Research

The various science departments maintain a notebook of announcements for summer research opportunities for science and SCI majors. The National Science Foundation, NASA, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Louisiana State University, University of Tennessee, Oregon State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology are just a few of the institutions who sponsor these programs.

These summer research programs offer outstanding opportunities for SCI majors to pursue their interest in science, begin to develop their skills in research, make contacts in the professional world and possibly open doors to future career prospects.