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Senior Thesis Students who completed their theses as part of the Biology Honors Program. Visit the Bio Honors Program site to learn more
BC Bio Majors After Graduation
This article highlights the career paths of Boston College science major alumni including Biology Major Alum Meghan Towne ('07), who is a Supervising Genetic Counselor of Research and Development at the Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research, Boston Children's Hospital.

The Biology department considers a basic understanding of biological systems to be an essential skill in our increasingly technological society and offers a range of courses for both biology majors and non-majors. Courses are designed to promote scientific literacy and a sophisticated understanding of complex biological systems. The importance of research and experimentation in biology is stressed throughout the curriculum, which includes both lab courses and research experiences.

The Biology Department offers a range of opportunities for undergraduate study. The Biology department offers two undergraduate majors: the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program. The Biology Department also offers a Minor in Biology and co-sponsors a Biochemistry B.S. degree with the Chemistry Department. In addition, undergraduates enrolled in degree programs in Biology, Mathematics, or Computer Science can obtain the designation of a Concentration in Bioinformatics by completing the required courses. A Biology Honors Program is offered to qualified majors, which involves research and the completion of a thesis in your senior year.

For students interested in pursuing a health career, the department works with the Pre-Health office to create a plan of study that correlates with the Bachelor of Science Major. The Pre-Health Program serves to guide students through the process of entering health-related programs on the graduate level as well as support students' goals towards careers in health-related fields. 

Contact Information

Seth D. Robertson
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs
Phone: 617-552-2292
Office: 355E Higgins Hall

Kathy Dunn, Ph.D.
Associate Chairperson & Undergraduate Program Director
Phone: 617-552-3217
Office: 412 Higgins Hall

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