The Department of Biology offers graduate degree programs leading to both the Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Graduate training is available across the full spectrum of modern biological investigation from molecular biology to ecosystems, unified by a strong focus on the evolutionary underpinnings of life at these different levels. Faculty members are grouped into four primary research areas, each of which has a corresponding graduate curriculum and seminar series.

Students may take advantage of the full breadth of training in modern biology offered in the department through their choice of elective courses, teaching experiences, and department-wide seminars. Through these as well as the career presentations and opportunities for networking offered by the Biology Graduate Student Association and the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) group, graduate students in biology enjoy a highly interactive environment and training that provides excellent preparation for a variety of careers in the biological sciences. While many recent PhD graduates seek a traditional academic career, an increasing number find careers in biotechnology, government agencies, and a wide range of non-governmental organizations.

Graduate training can be pursued in each of the following areas:

Boston University recently announced the start of the National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship Program (NRT) Understanding the Brain: Neurophotonics (NSF NRT UtB: Neurophotonics). This is a university-wide community of doctoral students in biology, neuroscience, biophysics, biomedical, and mechanical engineering with focused professional development and graduate training in neurophotonics. The NRT program in Neurophotonics will include research that uses light and photo-activated materials to study, control, and image neurons and neural circuits with cellular and sub-cellular resolution.

Biology faculty are also involved in several other interdisciplinary graduate programs, including Bioinformatics; BiogeoscienceNeuroscience; and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry.

For more information on our graduate program, contact Christina Honeycutt, Graduate Program Specialist for the Biology Department, at cjhoney@bu.edu.

BA/MA in Biotechnology

The BA/MA in Biotechnology is a five-year program open to Boston University undergraduates pursuing a BA in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Students earn both degrees by completing a total of 38 courses that comprise many of the elements of standard degree programs in biology and chemistry, augmented by advanced-level courses in recombinant DNA techniques, molecular cell biology, and protein technology. View a more detailed description of the program on the CAS Bulletin website. Further information may also be obtained from the Undergraduate Program Specialist for the Department of Biology.