Science & Mathematics

Biology

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Uncover the living systems that make up our world.

As a BA in Biology major, discover that science is a way of knowing, not just a collection of facts. Apply your curiosity to the study of natural processes. Explore the world’s complex systems and see how all life is connected. Gain a broad knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Build on your creativity and passion for people, plants, animals, and climate-change advocacy by going out into nature and conducting field experiments. Test what you’re learning in the lab, while participating in research led by some of the top faculty-researchers around. And because having a sense of social responsibility is important for biologists, your coursework will focus on ways that science can solve community health and environmental problems.

Our connection to the Marine Studies Consortium offers unique opportunities for aquatic research, while our partnerships with communities abroad allow you to take your research around the globe. Choose to pursue our advanced track option as a stepping-stone to graduate-level study and research.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to apply your scientific knowledge to a wide range of professions, from teaching to science writing to public and community health. Since our BA in Biology has fewer required courses than our BS in Biology, it’s simple to combine your studies with other areas within the liberal arts, allowing you to widen your career opportunities.

student conducting a leaf experiment

Study urban ecology at Mount Auburn.

As a biology major, you'll have opportunities to participate in an ongoing biodiversity study at Mount Auburn Cemetery that's contributing to the growing knowledge of how humans and urban ecosystems interact with each other.

student with scientific instruments

Boost Your Career Possibilities with a Double Major or Minor

Be creative and venture off the beaten career path by combining your BA in Biology degree with another science or liberal arts discipline. To open doors in the follow fields, try our suggested program pairings.

 

Science Writing

Double major in English or Creative Writing

Natural Resource Management or Environmental Engineering

Double major in Earth and Environmental Science

Green Business or Marketing for Biotech, Medical Research, Healthcare, or Pharmaceuticals

Double major in Business Management

Law, Nonprofit, Government Services, or Public Administration

Double major in Political Science

Neuroscience

Minor in Cognitive Neuroscience

Outcomes
Here's a taste of what you'll do in our biology program:
Internships
Where Students Intern
Careers
Where You Could Work
Professional opportunities in biology are expanding. According to recent research, job prospects for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in biology have grown more than 4 percent since 2014. Some popular career pathways for someone a BA in Biology degree include:

Faculty

Program Cost Description
Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Biology
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
  • Fees
    Health Service Fee
    $800
    Activity Fee
    $250
    Materials Fee
    $150
    Registration Fee
    $80
    Lab Fee
    $40
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Activity Fee
    $250
    Materials Fee
    $150
    Registration Fee
    $80
    Lab Fee
    $40
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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