Prospective Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate admission to the College of Arts and Sciences is managed centrally through the main Boston University Admissions, where you can access all the information you’ll need. CAS also provides Information for Admitted Students about majors, programs, and services.
Applicants interested in visiting BU should check out the visitor programs BU offers for students and families.
Applicants visiting the campus who wish to find out more about the Biology Department should make an appointment with the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, Stacy Straaberg Finfrock, 617-353-2432.
The main biology concentration requires both semesters of introductory biology, BI 107 and BI 108, and seven additional biology courses. Each specialization requires both semesters of introductory biology and ten additional biology courses. For additional information on each specialization, please click on the links below.
- Behavioral Biology
- Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, & Genetics
- Ecology & Conservation Biology
- Quantitative Biology
Undergraduate Research is a high priority for the department. Students are strongly encouraged to get involved in research with Biology faculty members. Some students volunteer in Biology faculty labs, while others are paid from faculty research grants or work-study grants. Students may also conduct directed research for academic credit, including Departmental Honors during the senior year.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a University-wide program that helps connect students with research opportunities and provides funding for both research expenses and student stipends. In addition to funding during the academic year, UROP provides funding for full-time, paid research opportunities during summer.
Clarie Schenkel works in Dr. Kim McCall's laboratory studying programmed cell death in the ovaries of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
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.
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.
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.
Spencer Goodman is a senior working in Dr. John Finnerty's lab investigating gene expression in the parasitic lined sea anemone, Edwardsiella lineata.