Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate ProgramThe Department of Biology provides its students with both a breadth of understanding in biology and an opportunity to explore many specialized areas in greater depth. Students can choose from a variety of degree programs, which are designed to meet individual needs. The required courses for the major and specializations establish a core of fundamental knowledge in biology and related sciences. Students build on this foundation through a variety of lecture, laboratory, field, and seminar courses that explore areas within biology while allowing them to focus on specific disciplines.

With our award winning faculty and advanced research facilities, the Biology Department encompasses the wide-ranging discipline of biology. Faculty research interests span all levels of biological organization from the molecular and organismal to the ecology of populations and entire ecosystems. The development of laboratory and field skills is encouraged throughout coursework and participation in the department’s extensive research activities, which often involve collaborative research.

In addition to Biology course requirements, the major requires three semesters of Chemistry, and two semesters of both Math and Physics.

For a more detailed listing of courses and requirements for this interdisciplinary degree program, visit the undergraduate bulletin.

Pre-Med: The Biology major satisfies all pre-medical requirements except for the second semester of organic chemistry, which can easily be built into a student’s schedule. Please visit the Premedical/Prehealth Advising website for additional information.


Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles spanning the breadth of biology.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the scientific method, including experimental design, critical assessment of the scientific literature, and an understanding of the principles and best practices for the ethical conduct of research.
  • Attain the technical and/or analytical skills required for employment or post-graduate education in biology or biology-related careers, including professional careers and science education.


Michelle Sherman
Undergraduate Programs Coordinator
Department of Biology
5 Cummington Mall, Room 101
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-2432



Our Undergrads

    Our Undergrads

    Clarie Schenkel works in Dr. Kim McCall's laboratory studying programmed cell death in the ovaries of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

    Our Undergrads

    Colin Averill recenlty published a paper in the prestigious journal, Ecology, along with his advisor, Dr. Adrien Finzi. His research work focuses on the forms of nitrogen that control the productivity of hardwood and boreal forests.

    Our Undergrads

    Curran Uppaluri is pursuing a dual major in both Biology and Economics and works with Dr. Peter Buston investigating whether Amphiprion percula, a type of anemonefish, exhibit definite personality traits.

    Our Undergrads

    Michelle McInnis, a senior Biology major working with Prof. Richard Primack, is investigating the effects of a warming climate on the flowering and leafing out times of plants.

    Our Undergrads

    Spencer Goodman is a senior working in Dr. John Finnerty's lab investigating gene expression in the parasitic lined sea anemone, Edwardsiella lineata.

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