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.
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.
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.