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Undecided Science

  • Undeclared
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

  • GU Possibilities
    • Gannon offers over 70 undergraduate degree options to choose from in a variety of disciplines, from business and engineering to humanities, education, the sciences and health professions.  
    • The undeclared program assists students in identifying personal interests and career objectives that will help determine a major. A four-year career plan is offered to every student, along with career assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory.
    • Nationally, between 30 and 40 percent of incoming freshmen are unsure of a major when they enter college. It is also estimated that 50-60 percent of students change their majors, and many do so more than once.
    • The research capabilities of the Environaut, Gannon’s 48-foot research vessel on Lake Erie, have been significantly enhanced by the addition of radar, sonar, an underwater camera, a generator and an enclosed laboratory.   

    You Will Learn

    The undeclared option allows students the ability to explore personal interests and major/career opportunities both one-on-one and in a group setting with an advisor. Undeclared students will initially be scheduled for a mix of liberal arts core classes and classes of interest, providing the time needed to explore possibilities and make an informed decision on a college major.

    Undeclared students will be encouraged to declare a major by the end of freshman year.

    Students interested in a major in the health sciences, education or engineering are advised to fully explore their eligibility for these majors prior to registering as an undeclared student.

    Undecided Science

    Students interested in the sciences at Gannon have several academic options to choose from, including biochemistry, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, forensic science, freshwater and marine biology, mathematics, medical laboratory science, psychology and science. Biochemistry, forensic science and freshwater and marine biology are three of the newest academic programs. 

    In addition to having access to recently renovated and up-to-date laboratories, students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research projects throughout their time at Gannon. Having this kind of hands-on experience benefits the Gannon student in determining his or her ultimate career interests and in many cases helps in gaining acceptance to graduate and professional schools. 

    You Will Experience

    Science students at Gannon are invited to participate in faculty-mentored research as well as internships, particularly in the summer months at universities, agencies and private industries including Brookhaven National Labs, Erie Biofuels, Erie Water Works, LORD Corporation and Modern Industries. 

    You Will Achieve

    Graduates of a science program at Gannon will have many opportunities before them including, but not limited to, the following:

    • actuarial science  
    • biological technician  
    • chemical plant management  
    • financial analyst  
    • fisheries biologist  
    • laboratory scientist  
    • microbiologist  
    • professional school for podiatry, dentistry, chiropractic, optometry, pharmacy, medical or veterinary    

    You Will Earn

    Salary information for specific programs is available on each program page.

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.