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Biology is the study of life, in all its forms and contexts. To quote E.O. Wilson, biology is itself "living, changing, evolving." The program in biology emulates this view by teaching foundational principles and exploring contemporary thinking about the nature of life. All students follow a general program of study through a sequence of core courses, electives and a capstone course. In the capstone course, students apply their understanding of the process of scientific inquiry to semester-long research projects. In addition to the major course of study, students may also elect to pursue one of several tracks or concentrations within the major for a more focused course of study in contemporary, specialized fields. The department also offers minors in biology and chemistry, teaches courses in laboratory science for students in all other majors, and sponsors a post baccalaureate program for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to become a teacher of biology in secondary education.

Biology students studying a skeleton

Requirements and Curriculum

Biology, B.A.
Biology, B.S.


Career Opportunities

Students with a biology degree from Fitchburg State University have recently entered a wide range of careers. Some are now working in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Some have gone on to graduate schools and health-related careers in medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry. Some have entered graduate schools in ecology and environmental science, or work with state environmental agencies and zoos. And some have become high school teachers of biology and chemistry.

So where do you see yourself going with your degree? We can help you get there!

“My biology degree from Fitchburg State has not only provided me with the education required to compete in a constantly changing industry, it provided me with the skill set to be successful.”
–Shaun Grier, 2001



Required for Teacher Education track; optional for all others

Other Programs

LECOM Early Acceptance Programs

Premedical Program

Four Year Plans of Study

Tuition & Fees

Undergraduate Day

Secondary Accreditation


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How to Apply

For more information and to apply, go to admissions.