Why WestConn Biology?
Get to know your professors
Since class size is small, you have a chance to really know your professors. In most cases, your lecture instructor is also your lab instructor.
Conduct your own research
Picture yourself in a high-tech lab, or in the field collecting ecological data. At WestConn, all biology undergraduates — and many graduate students — do independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Some student research is presented at regional or national meetings, or published in scientific journals.
Study in a nature preserve literally at your doorstep
WestConn maintains its own nature preserve of forests and wetlands on the Westside Campus. A number of biology courses and research projects use the preserve as a natural laboratory.
Prepare for a professional career
Many of our graduates have gone on to medical, dental, or other professional and graduate schools. Others have found employment in pharmaceutical companies or environmental organizations. Internships are available as an introduction to the professional world. Many students also gain valuable experience working as student assistants in the department.
Where are our graduates now?
Here’s a small sampling of where our graduates go after WCSU:
Rhiannon Brown – Animal Care Technician, Charles River Labs
Greg Chamberlin – Physician, Univ. North Carolina Health Care
Jacqueline Costanta – Nurse, CT Eye Surgery Center
Vanele Dacosta – Scientist, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Melissa Dinino – Conservation Ecologist
Galina Filipova – Dentist, Atlas Park Dental
Chris Fort – Physician, Old Oak Primary Care
Evelyn Garcia – Researcher, Harvard School of Public Health
Amber Jean Hansen – Epidemiologist, Yale School of Public Health
Arjumon Khan – Neurologist, George Washington Univ. Hospital
Kaitlyn McNally – High School Teacher, Danbury HS
Betsy Meyer – Physician’s Assistant, Danbury Hospital
Shannon McFarland – Animal Specialist, Walt Disney World
Daniel Monahan – Physician’s Assistant program, Pace Univ.
Mark Panzenbeck – Scientist, Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
Courtney Pierpaolo – Scientist, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Ryan Purwin – Neuroscience program, George Mason Univ.
Bresny Ricio – Laboratory Technician, Unilever
Danielle Riccio – Endocrinology Technician, Reproductive Medicine Assoc.
Heather Rosenblatt – Veterinary Medicine program, Univ. Penn.
Santiago Sanchez – Physician’s Assistant program, Stonybrook Univ.
Dana Scott – Aquatic Specialist, Petco
Robert Toth – Physical Therapist
Skye Zalenski – Pharmacy Technician, ShopRite Pharmacy
Take the next step…
Contact the Biology Secretary at 203-837-8791 or by e-mail to arrange for a private tour of the Science Building.
Sit in on a lecture. Hang out with students in the Biology Clubs Room. Chat with a professor about your career dreams.