The following institutional initiatives are associated with the Office of the Provost.
The Honors Program at University of the Sciences offers exceptional students the opportunity for specialized, intensive learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. The program is open to students in all majors, though not everyone can be accepted into this small, highly motivated group of students. Highly qualified incoming new students are nominated by our University’s admissions counselors and selected by the Honors Program Committee based on high school academic records, service, and activities. Depending on Honors Program enrollment, matriculated students may have the opportunity to apply to the program.
The curriculum of the Honors Program consists of at least 20 honors credits plus a research project, roughly 20% of a typical USciences undergraduate degree program. Approximately 60-75% of the 20 honors credits are taken as part of the University’s General Education program. In addition to these requirements, the Honors Program emphasizes global learning, civic engagement, and leadership.
For more information contact:
Dr. Stephen T. Moelter
Director, Honors Program
USciences provides its undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program through an affiliation agreement with Rosemont College. The affiliated program was selected based on credentials, commitment to academic quality, health and safety practices, and reputation in the international education field.
Rosemont College’s Annual Global Seminar is a short-term, summer, study abroad opportunity that allows students to earn University credits in an accelerated format. These seminars are designed to provide students with first-hand experience of the subject they are studying. Although the destinations change each year, in recent years’ students have traveled to: England, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland.
A summer or short-term study abroad experience is a great alternative to semester programs – with just as many options. These programs are typically more affordable and flexible with durations ranging from two to six weeks.
We understand that student needs and interests change year by year. Students are encouraged to research other summer program offerings and petition for their approval. Once a student has identified a few programs of interest they should contact their academic advisor to discuss the petition process.
Students who are interested in studying abroad are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor early in their academic career at the University.
Exchange Program with University of the Arts
USciences and University of the Arts (UArts) have an exchange agreement that allows USciences students to take a variety of courses at UArts. The list of available courses changes each semester. Courses are treated as USciences courses, and both credits and grades appear on the student’s USciences transcript. Students do not pay additional tuition unless they take private lessons.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Kevin Murphy
Chair, Department of Humanities
Substance Use Disorders Institute (SUDI)
The Substance Use Disorders Institute (SUDI) at USciences translates science into policy and practice and improves substance use disorders care, and promotes effective long-term recovery strategies. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy and research.
Educating healthcare professionals is central to SUDI’s mission to improve care for patients and populations. We provide continuing education programs for healthcare professionals, hospital systems, medical and professional associations, and businesses to fill the gap in health education on substance use disorders throughout the field. SUDI offers educational resources to prepare pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, occupational therapists, nurses/nurse practitioners, social workers, allied health professionals and others. Topics include:
- Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
- Naloxone for overdose prevention
- Medication treatment for opioid use disorders: buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone
- Pain management and addiction
- Medical cannabis—education including PA DOH-approved certification courses for medical professionals, and training resources
- What is harm reduction education
The SUDI works on the frontlines to enact policy on the local, state, and national levels. Our faculty and staff:
- Serve on task forces and policy committees throughout the region
- Meet with policymakers, payers, and health system representative
- Support evidence-based decision-making with policy briefs
- Provide expert comments at legislative hearings
- Craft influential editorials
- Publish commentary and guidances
Lastly, for too long, substance use policy and treatment have been based on ineffective ideology and opinion ungrounded in data. SUDI’s integrated faculty and staff address gaps in evidence by conducting and publishing preclinical, clinical, health policy, and public health research.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Andrew Peterson
Executive Director, Substance Use Disorders Institute
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are available to USciences students through cooperative arrangements with Saint Joseph’s University for Air Force ROTC and with Drexel University for Army ROTC. Each of these universities offer military studies, leadership, and training courses. Courses are treated as USciences courses and both credits and grades appear on students’ transcripts. Participating students may be exempted from the undergraduate physical education requirement. Students who are not recipients of ROTC scholarships may enroll in the first- and second-year ROTC courses without incurring any military obligation. University students enrolling in ROTC programs are eligible to compete for ROTC scholarships awarded by the Air Force or the Army.
For more information, contact:
Director, Student Activities and Campus Recreation
Students at USciences can participate in Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) through a partnership agreement with Drexel University. USciences’ students who desire to participate in the Army ROTC program will complete all associated coursework and physical training on Drexel University’s campus.
The Army ROTC program is designed to be completed in four years (eight semesters), taking one military science class and lab per semester, with a few exceptions. Students may complete all requirements within a two-year period through participation in a summer training session called the Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) or if he or she attend basic training and advanced individual training.
The ROTC program consists of two parts, the Basic and Advanced Courses. The first two-year portion of the program is the Basic Course, normally for freshmen and sophomores. Any student may take Basic Course classes without obligation of military service. The second two-year portion, normally for undergraduate juniors and seniors, is the Advanced Course, and it is designed to prepare students for commissioned service. The military science classes are elective courses that use a combination of academics and hands-on training to teach students leadership, responsibility, and teamwork. These classes add leadership training, practical experience, and personal growth opportunities to a student’s university education.
In addition to the academic portion of the curricula, each cadet participates in a two-hour Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) and two hours of Physical Training (PT) each week. Program acceptance and ROTC scholarship eligibility may vary, depending on a student’s academic performance, degree choice, and the personnel needs of the military branch.
Further information on the Army ROTC program at Drexel University can be found at http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/schools/drexel-university/about.html
- AIR FORCE RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS (AFROTC)
The AFROTC program offered through Detachment 750 at Saint Joseph’s University offers college students a three- or four-year curriculum leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF). USciences students participating in the AFROTC program complete all associated coursework and physical trainings on Saint Joseph’s University’s campus.
In the four-year option, a student (cadet) takes General Military Course (GMC) classes during their freshmen and sophomore years, attends a 4-week summer Field Training between their sophomore and junior years, and then takes Professional Officer Course (POC) classes during their junior and senior years. A cadet is under no contractual obligation with the USAF until entering the POC or accepting an AFROTC scholarship. The GMC curriculum focuses on the scope, structure, organization, and history of the USAF with an emphasis on the development of airpower and its relationship to current events. The POC curriculum concentrates on the concepts and practices of leadership and management, and the role of national security forces in American society.
In addition to the academic portion of the curricula, each cadet participates in a two-hour Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) and two hours of Physical Training (PT) each week. Both LLAB and PT utilize the cadet organization designed for the practice of leadership and management techniques.
Further information on the AFROTC program at Saint Joseph’s University can be found at https://sites.sju.edu/afrotc/