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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.

Biology Seminars

Biology Seminars

September 14, 2022 – Chandra Jack

Dr. Jack is a new assistant professor in the Biology department at Clark. She is an evolutionary biologist studying the eco-evolutionary dynamics of biotic interactions involving plants

September 21, 2022 – Anna O’Brien

Dr. O’Brien is a professor at University of New Hampshire where she studies the evolutionary dynamics of plant microbiomes

October 12, 2022 – Mak Saito

Dr. Saito is an associate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute where he studies the interactions between metals and microbial life

October 26, 2022 – Kali Brandt

Dr. Brandt is a senior scientist at GALY, a cellular agriculture biotechnology startup

November 9, 2022 – Theresa Ong

Dr. Ong is an assistant professor at Dartmouth College where she combines theory and empirical work to study agroecology

November 30, 2022 – Mayra Vidal

Dr. Vidal is a professor at UMass Boston where she studies the ecology and evolution of species interactions, including how interactions change over space and time, and how environmental and community contexts influence interaction outcomes. Most of her work involves insect herbivores, but she has also conducted elegant experiments using yeast



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