Bachelor's in Biology

Regis offers a broad and complete education through close interaction with faculty and small class sizes. 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.

Biology graduates may further their education in graduate school or pursue a career in such fields 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.

Biology graduates may further their education in graduate school or pursue a career in such fields as medicine and allied health, basic science research, education, biotechnology, epidemiology, pharmaceutical sales and laboratory management.

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

Depending 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 the biology major. 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 an adjunct 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, and Internship

Elective Courses

One MT elective

Contact Information

781-768-7367

Dean's Office

781-768-7155

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