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Welcome to the Department of Biology

The study of biology is central to understanding the world around us. Our department offers undergraduate and graduate programs steeped in research that reflects the complexity and diversity of living organisms. Working closely with faculty, students explore everything from cell and molecular biology to ecology and evolution.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

We offer majors and minors in biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, and environmental science. You also could pursue a concentration in mathematical biology and bioinformatics or a track in pre-health biology.

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Accelerated B.A./M.S. Programs

As an undergraduate, you may apply to our Accelerated B.A./M.S. degree in biology, or in biochemistry and molecular biology, with a fifth year paid for by a scholarship.

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Ph.D. Program

Our doctoral program’s intimate size allows Ph.D. students to collaborate, build relationships with, and receive mentoring from world-class faculty.

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Careers and Internships in Biology

Our bachelor’s and master’s students have opportunities to pursue research and internships that land them jobs after graduation. And our doctoral students, working closely with faculty and peers, make connections in the field that allow them to pursue careers in academia, government, nonprofit fields, and industry.

Spring 2024 Biology Seminars

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Spring 2024 Biology Seminars

February 7, 2024 – Geoff Findlay

The Findlay lab studies the evolution and function of reproductive proteins, including ‘de novo’ evolved genes in sperm function

February 21, 2024 – Mark Tepper

President and CEO of EuMentis Dr. Tepper has over 30 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.  He has led drug discovery & drug development programs that span a wide range of therapeutic areas including; Oncology, Immunology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Metabolic Diseases, CNS, Inflammation and Pain

February 22, 2024 – Dr. Serita Frey – University of New Hampshire

This seminar will be hosted jointly by the Biology Department and The Marsh Institute and Dr. Serita Frey from UNH will be speaking.

March 20, 2024 – Paul Stein

Senior Director of Autoimmunity at Moderna Therapeutics

April 3, 2024 – Daley O’Keefe

Daley is a 3rd year Graduate Ph.D student

April 10, 2024 Max Olsen

Max is a 3rd year Graduate Ph.D student

April 24, 2024 – Joe Nelsen

Joe is a 3rd year Graduate Ph.D student








Contact Information

Department of Biology

Office Location
  • The Lasry Center for Bioscience
    15 Maywood Street
    Worcester, MA 01610

  • 1-508-793-7173
  • 1-508-793-7174 Fax