The UMass Lowell Department of Biological Sciences programs prepare students for careers in biotechnology, medicine, ecology & other life science fields.

Why study biology at UMass Lowell?

  • Five undergraduate options. Choose our General option if you'd like to explore, or focus your studies with options in: Biotechnology; Bioinformatics; Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology; or Pre-Medical/Pre-Health.
  • Expert faculty. Learn and work directly with our award-winning faculty who are committed to excellence in education and research in the life sciences.
  • Proximity to Boston's biotech corridor. Take advantage of being located in the heart of the nation's biotech industry, with over 1,000 life sciences companies located in the greater Boston area. Biology students have completed internships and professional co-ops with nearby hospitals, established pharma and biotech companies, and innovative start-ups, which help launch their careers after graduating.
  • Experiential learning. We emphasize real-world training for all Biology majors, with students carrying out cutting-edge research in our labs, participating in industry co-ops, and giving back to their community through our service-learning courses.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Biology - Lee Lab

Biology Research

Our research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Defense, along with various foundations and companies.
Professor and student assemble bones in a UMass Lowell biology lab

Faculty in our department are engaged in research in the areas of: 

  • Biology education
  • Cancer biology
  • Cell signaling
  • Climate change biology
  • Developmental cell biology
  • Disease ecology
  • Epigenetics
  • Functional morphology
  • Gene regulation
  • Immunology
  • Invertebrate systematics
  • Molecular evolution
  • Neuroscience
  • Structural biology
  • Virology

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