The Biology department considers a basic understanding of biological systems to be an essential skill in our increasingly technological society. The importance of research and experimentation in biology is stressed throughout the curriculum, which includes a strong focus on research experience through advanced labs and guided research on and off campus.
The Biology Department offers a range of opportunities for undergraduate study. As a Biology major, students can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Biology or Biochemistry or a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Biology majors may also choose to concentrate in Bioinformatics, which combines coursework in Biology, Mathematics, and Computer Science.
For students interested in pursuing a health career, the department works with the Pre-Health office to create a plan of study and offer guidance in planning for graduate school programs and health-related careers.
Boston College students involved in undergraduate research may apply to the Graduate Program during their Junior year, for entry into a 5-year BS/MS Program.
There is also an opportunity to complete a Biology minor for students obtaining degrees in other areas of study.
Panelists at the Science Education Summit speak with Biology Majors about integrating their biology major with a degree in education.
Sophomore Biology Majors in the BI 204 Lab (Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology) lab present posters as part of their final project for the lab course.
The annual Biology Undergraduate Research Day is held every May. This is a scene from the Higgins Atrium as Biology Majors who are involved in Undergrad Research present posters to faculty and students.
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.
Emily Witsberger ('14) and Maria Asdourian ('15) presented posters at the Scientista Foundation for Women in Science & Engineering at MIT on April 5, 2014.
Senior Thesis Students who completed their theses as part of the Biology Honors Program.
Seth D. Robertson
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs
Office: 355E Higgins Hall
Kathy Dunn, Ph.D.
Associate Chairperson & Undergraduate Program Director
Office: 412 Higgins Hall
Learning outcomes for students who complete a B.S. or B.A. degree in Biology include the following:
- Students will understand the core concepts of Biology:
- Cellular Structure & Function
- Information Transfer & Gene Expression
- Energy Transformation
- Systems & Organismal Biology
- Students will apply the process of science through observation, experimentation and hypothesis testing.
- Students will be able to use quantitative reasoning in the analysis of dynamic biological systems.
- Students will use bioinformatics and databases to study biological processes.
- Students will understand and practice the ethics surrounding scientific research.
For students who complete the B.S./M.S. degree in Biology, they are expected to acquire the additional learning outcomes:
- Conduct original, publishable research in a field of Biology.
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a specific area of expertise.