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Biologists are detectives: Their mission is to figure out what makes organisms thrive or fail. This major places you at the forefront of an essential and rapidly growing field: Many biologists go on to work in health related fields, conduct research to cure diseases, and address environmental challenges. As a biologist-in-training, you’ll analyze the characteristics and behaviors of all living things using lessons drawn from chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

You’ll earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in biology, depending on your area of focus. You’ll begin with a well-rounded assortment of courses in both the laboratory and classroom focusing on evolution, genetics, ecology, bioethics, and physiology. These experiences will teach you scientific research methods and reporting. Our program emphasizes collaboration: The major has an especially low professor-to-student ratio, and many of your classes will have fewer than 20 students. A professor-mentor will then help you choose just the right concentration:

Choose concentrations in:

  • Marine Science

    This immersive concentration features courses taught through the Marine Studies Consortium (MSC). The MSC is a collaborative organization of 16 local institutions that teach courses that may be taken by students at any member institution. Some of these locations include The New England Aquarium and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. This concentration prepares you for a career as a marine biologist, conservationist, zoologist, and other fields related to ecology.

  • Biotechnology

    This concentration focuses on molecular and microbiology, with a special emphasis on hands-on laboratory opportunities between your sophomore and junior year. You’ll be well-prepared for a career in research or medicine.