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Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center

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Biochemistry and Biophysics

Much of today’s scientific effort is directed toward an understanding of biological processes from the physical and chemical points of view. Curricular initiatives at Haverford, begun as a result of a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, led to the development of biologically oriented courses of study in the chemistry and physics departments. The concentration in biochemistry and biophysics recognizes current and undoubtedly enduring trends in interdisciplinary science by establishing in the curriculum a formal program of classroom and laboratory training at the interface between the physical and biological sciences. To be a member of the concentration a student must major in one of the three sponsoring departments: biology, chemistry, or physics.

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4+1 Bioethics Program With the University of Pennsylvania

Study for four years at Haverford, then one year at Penn, and receive a Bachelor's of Arts or Bachelor’s of Science from Haverford and a Master's in Bioethics (MBE) from Penn’s Bioethics Program in the Perelman School of Medicine.

This 4+1 partnership enables qualified Haverford undergraduates to gain early and expedited admission into a master’s degree offered by the Penn Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. You may apply to the MBE program as an external “sub-matriculate” no later than the end of the summer after your sixth semester at Haverford and no earlier than the end of your fourth semester. A GPA of 3.5 is required to apply; the GRE is not required. The admissions decision is based on your transcript and letters of recommendation from one or more Haverford faculty members.

After being accepted, you will take up to three graduate bioethics courses at Penn while still enrolled at Haverford; course selection is subject to approval by the program’s Director of Education. There is no additional financial charge for these courses. During your four years at Haverford, you will also complete all graduation requirements, which can include courses taken at Penn as determined by Haverford’s Director of Health Studies, Prof. Kaye Edwards You graduate from Haverford at the normal time, along with your class.

The fifth year of the program is spent entirely at Penn. Nine courses in all (including those taken while a Haverford undergraduate) are required to complete the requirements for the MBE degree. There is no financial aid available from Penn for the fifth year of the program, though you are eligible for federal student loans. The tuition is approximately $4,900 per course as of 2015.

If you are interested in applying for the 4+1 MBE at Penn, please contact Kaye Edwards, Director of Health Studies at, or Kim Benston, Provost, at

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Engineering Options

4+1 Engineering program with Penn


Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania are launching a new program that will allow undergraduates at Haverford to gain early admission into a master’s degree program offered by Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. The arrangement effectively allows Haverford students to obtain their bachelor’s degree in four years and then, through Penn, obtain their master’s degree with just one additional year of study.

Details about Penn 4+1 program

3/2 Engineering Program with Caltech

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We also have a 3/2 Engineering Program option with Caltech. In this program, students have the option of taking courses at Haverford for three years, then following up with two years of engineering study at the partner institution, Caltech. Admission into the program is required. Please contact Walter Smith for more details. If you wish to elect this program, very early course planning is essential.


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Neural and Behavioral Sciences

The desire to understand human and animal behavior in terms of nervous system structure and function is long standing. Historically, this task has been approached from a variety of disciplines including medicine, biology, psychology and physiology. The field of neuroscience emerged as an interdisciplinary approach, combining techniques and perspectives from these disciplines to yield new insights into the workings of the nervous system and behavior.

The concentration in the neural and behavioral sciences is designed to allow students to pursue their interests in behavior and the nervous system across disciplines. The concentration is offered by the Departments of Biology and Psychology at Bryn Mawr and the Departments of Biology and Psychology at Haverford College. Students undertaking the concentration must major in one of these four departments.

The concentration consists of two components. Students must satisfy the requirements of the department in which they major, with appropriate modifications related to the concentration (consult departmental advisers listed above). For the concentration itself, students must take a series of courses that represent the background in the neural and behavioral sciences and other sciences common to all approaches to the nervous system and behavior. All students, regardless of major, must fulfill the requirements of the core program.

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Health Studies

Haverford’s Bi-College Health Studies minor brings together faculty and students to explore the intertwined areas of health, disease, and social justice. We offer unparalleled training for students interested in confronting complex real-world health problems and creating solutions. Multidisciplinary in approach and collaborative in spirit, our curriculum embraces the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. Students learn how to think about health from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and with an appreciation of its many dimensions. They also gain experience — so vital in addressing contemporary health issues — working in productive partnerships with individuals from different backgrounds, training, and points of view.

Our program welcomes students from every major. Their diverse perspectives come together to create an exceptionally rich learning experience. At the same time, we are committed to advancing each student’s particular academic goals, which may include medicine, public health, journalism, medical anthropology, health policy, among others.

We offer courses addressing:

  • the cultural, literary, visual, and ethical representations of health and illness
  • the familial, social, civic and governmental systems that structure risks to disease and access to health care
  • the biological, chemical and psychological mechanisms of disease and the maintenance of health
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Pre-Health Advising

The Pre-Health Office serves Haverford students and alumni who are interested in the health professions, including medicine, osteopathy, public health, dentistry, nursing, podiatry, physical therapy and more.

At Haverford College students can develop a particularly strong foundation for careers in these professions because of our academic excellence, opportunities for research and service, and humanistic Quaker values.  In addition, given our convenient location outside of the city of Philadelphia, our students take advantage of numerous opportunities to volunteer and work in hospitals, clinics, and research facilities in the area. Haverford alumni have distinguished themselves as physicians in all areas of medicine and dentistry, as leaders in public health, and in satisfying practices as nurse practitioners, nutritionists, genetic counselors, physical therapists, and more.

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Scientific Computing

The concentration in scientific computing gives students an opportunity to develop a basic facility with the tools and concepts involved in applying computation to a scientific problem, and to explore the specific computational aspects of their own major disciplines.

Other Concentrations

In addition, the KINSC supports these activities

  • Environmental Studies
  • Public Health
  • Science and Society