Gain fundamental knowledge in the biological sciences, then build on this foundation through a variety of lecture, laboratory, field, and seminar courses. A range of specializations allows you to delve deeper into specific disciplines, such as Behavioral Biology; Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics; Ecology & Conservation Biology; and Neurobiology. Special research opportunities include field-based programs like the Marine Semester and Tropical Ecology Program, as well as hundreds of opportunities to conduct research in faculty labs.
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Our studio-driven approach to design thinking and visual communication will prepare you to thrive both artistically and professionally. You will hone your skills as a graphic artist through a sequence of core graphic design and typography classes, complimented by elective courses that allow you to specialize in areas of interest. Partnerships with area businesses and design firms help undergraduates to navigate the professional world, leading to internships and employment.
Solve problems in biology and medicine by applying engineering concepts to living systems in one of the world’s highest rated biomedical engineering programs. You’ll conclude your time at BU with a Senior Design Project that is heavily focused on teamwork, research, and design. And after graduating, you can apply your skills toward designing surgical robots, improving techniques for DNA sequencing, or making MRI machines smaller and more powerful.
Take a deep dive into understanding our complex, globalized world. You'll choose from a wide range of courses in history, economics, political science, sociology, and religion, while developing substantive knowledge of at least one region of the world and one functional area of study. Courses are taught by a diverse faculty of CIA agents, expert international negotiators, former ambassadors, White House advisors, and more.
If you dream of designing a killer app or building a revolutionary technology company, consider a major in Computer Science. A strong foundation of coursework is complemented by electives in networks, theory, data mining and data analytics, artificial intelligence, operating systems, media computing, and security/cryptography. Graduates find rewarding careers in the financial, medical, education, gaming, media, and entertainment sectors, as well as in the software and hardware industries.
If you’ve always wanted to share your story with the world, then the journalism major could be right for you. In studying the history and ethics of journalism, you’ll learn to write, report, edit, and produce work at its highest level. You also will develop a core understanding of professional journalism as it relates to deadlines, interviewing, research, and innovation in the field. Take the opportunity to write for student-run newspaper, the Daily Free Press, or BU Today. Senior journalism students can also expand their journalism experience and skills by spending a semester in Washington, D.C., at the The Washington Journalism Center. Students are encouraged to take courses in areas outside of their major to augment their academic experience. Minors or dual degrees in other BU schools and colleges, while not required, are strongly recommended.
Study hospitality in a world-class city that caters to the sophisticated traveler and fine diner. With electives like Tourism Management or Digital Marketing Strategies for the Hospitality Industry and a required international experience, SHA’s challenging and innovative curriculum gives you the business management skills necessary to succeed in the hotel and restaurant, travel, and tourism industries.
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Who gets into BU? And who thrives? The academic profile will give you an idea, but students here are greater than the sum of their SAT scores. Our community is incredibly diverse. But students share many traits: They're smart, ambitious, looking to understand the world, develop their own innovations, form novel research questions, and proactively seek out new experiences.See a Day in the Life
The Boston skyline from your dorm room. Your roommate's favorite coffee run. Rock climbing at FitRec. Acing that midterm together. So many Instagram-worthy experiences await you at BU.Picture Yourself Here