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Comprehensive Science allows students interested in the physical and life sciences to obtain a broad based and thorough exposure to a full spectrum of scientific concerns and practices.

The Comprehensive Science Program offers a quantitative approach to sciences through a broad range of courses in mathematics, physical and life sciences, and computer science. The program equips students with the analytical and quantitative skills needed to understand the scientific world.

Students benefit from an interdisciplinary course of study that transcends normal departmental boundaries. The program’s flexibility allows students to pursue multidisciplinary courses of study, creating gateways into many professions. 

Comprehensive Science provides an excellent entry point in medicine, dentistry, other health careers, as well as business. The program also prepares students for continued graduate study in the sciences.



We are truly comprehensive. After completing our broad science and math core, you can choose any six science electives that meet your academic and career goals, such as:

  • fulfilling premed requirements,
  • complementing your degree with a math, statistics or computing science minor,
  • or preparing you for a research career in epidemiology, nutrition or forensics. 

Comprehensive Science majors go on to graduate programs in a variety of fields, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, law, forensics and speech language pathology at prestigious institutions including:

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Columbia University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Tufts University
  • Rutgers Law School

Our alumni are successful business analysts, financial advisors, researchers, dentists, medical staff and more at companies including:

  • Deloitte
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • DuPont Hospital

Co-Directors and Advisors
Robert Styer, PhDDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics
Office: SAC 372
Phone: (610) 519 4845

Joseph Comber, PhD, Department of Biology
Office: Mendel G24D
Phone: (610) 519-4816

Jared Paul, PhD, Department of Chemistry
Office: Mendel 320A
Phone: (610) 519-6620

Elise Pasles, PhD, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Office: SAC 320
Phone: (610) 519-6950

Administrative Assistants
Tori Cornelius
Mendel Science Building 347
Phone: (610) 519-4860

Nichola DiBattista
Mendel Science Building 347
Phone: (610) 519-4862