Bachelor's in Biology

Students pursuing a BA in biology will be engaged in an individualized focus of study, including internships and independent research, preparing them for a variety of career paths or graduate school. Biology majors are prepared fields such as medicine and allied health, basic science research, education, biotechnology, epidemiology, pharmaceutical sales, and laboratory management.

Off-campus internship programs are available. Recent biology students have interned with organizations such as:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital: Research
  • Dana Farber: The Cure (Research)
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital: Microbiology Lab
  • Zurick Davis
  • NovaBiomedical
  • Steward Health Care
  • Charles River Watershed Authority
  • The New England Aquarium

Biology students have the opportunity to conduct research on campus in the areas of developmental biology, immunology, ecology, microbiology, physiology, and genetics. Topics have included:

  • Investigation of source of bacterial contamination in the Charles River watershed.
  • Development of cornea in the chick embryo.
  • Development of heart in chick embryo.
  • Mechanism of inactivation of bacterial enzymes by germicide.
  • Investigation of bacterial plasmids and antibiotic resistance.
  • Investigation of parasitic protozoa in water fowl.

The following courses are required for the biology major

  • BI 103, BI 104 Introductory Biology/Lab
  • BI 209 Introductory Microbiology/Lab
  • BI 210 Cell Biology/Lab
  • BI 302 Seminar: History of Biology
  • BI 307 Genetics/Lab
  • BI 401 Seminar: Ethical Issues in Biology
  • CH 103, CH 104 Chemical Structure and Reactions/Lab
  • CH 305 Organic Chemistry/Lab
  • Four upper-level electives in Biology, chosen from
      • BI 305 Ecology
      • BI 306 Neurobiology
      • BI 308 Developmental Biology
      • BI 312A Animal Physiology
      • BI 315 Virology
      • BI 316 Immunology
      • BI 326 Environmental Microbiology

Based on the student’s career pathway, these courses may be recommended:

  • CH 306 Organic Chemistry/Lab
  • MA 101, MA 102 Introductory Calculus
  • PY 213, PY 214 General Physics/Lab

Biology Major Curriculum: Four Years

The following is a sample four-year curriculum schedule for biology majors. You also have the option to participate in the College Honors Program.

First Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
BI 103 Introductory Biology/Lab 4 BI 104 Introductory Biology/Lab 4
Math requirement* 3 Elective 3
First Year Seminar 3 First Year Seminar 3
EN 105 Writing Seminar 3 Elective 3
CH 103 Chemical Structure and Reactions/Lab** 4 CH 104 Chemical Structure and Reactions/Lab** 4

Second Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
BI 209 Introductory Microbiology/Lab 4 BI 210 Cell Biology/Lab 4
CH 305 Organic Chemistry/Lab** 4 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

Third Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
BI 307 Genetics/Lab 4 BI 302 Seminar: History of Biology 3
Biology Elective 4 Biology Elective 4
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

Fourth Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
BI 401 Seminar: Ethical Issues in Biology 3 Biology Elective 4
Biology Elective 4 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

* One course beyond QR 101/101A, or achieving a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement calculus test. QR 100/101A may be waived by passing a competency exam prepared by the Math Department.

** Since a student may begin the chemistry sequence only after meeting the QR 101/101A requirement, some students may begin the chemistry sequence in the second year.


Biology Minor

Knowledge of biology is highly desirable as a complement to many other majors and professional fields. Combining the biology minor with another area gives you valuable cross-disciplinary expertise as well as the opportunity to make your academic preparation distinctive.

With a comprehensive, well-rounded education, you may attain a wider and deeper knowledge of your field—and become more competitive in the job market.

Required Courses

  • BI 103, BI 104 Introductory Biology/Lab or
  • BI 105, BI 106 Anatomy and Physiology/Lab.

Seminar Course Required

  • BI 302 Seminar: History of Biology or
  • BI 401 Seminar: Ethical Issues in Biology

Elective Courses

Select three from:

  • BI 108 General Microbiology/Lab or BI 209 Introductory Microbiology/Lab
  • BI 210 Cell Biology/Lab
  • BI 305 Ecology
  • BI 306 Neurobiology
  • BI 307 Genetics/Lab
  • BI 308 Developmental Biology
  • BI 312 Animal Physiology
  • BI 315 Virology
  • BI 316 Immunology
  • BI 326 Environmental Microbiology

Laboratory Operations Management Minor

An interdisciplinary initiative that augments the existing majors in biology with a minor in laboratory operations management through the strategic selection of electives, two courses in lab operations management, and completion of one individual study/internship and one external internship.

Required Courses

  • MT 203
  • MT 204
  • MT 209
  • LOM I
  • LOM II
  • Individualized Study
  • Internship

Elective Courses

  • One MT elective

Contact Information

781-768-7367

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