As a biology major, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking needed for a successful career in modern biology and related fields.

What courses will you take?

Research Opportunities: Start working in a biology research lab as early as your first year.

The B.S. in Biological Sciences offers four degree options, which lead to a wide range of career opportunities.

  • General Biology Option — Gain a broad foundation in the biological sciences, and customize your curriculum by selecting advanced course electives that match your interests and career goals. This option provides all the requirements for students pursuing health professions. Courses for the General Biology Option
  • Bioinformatics Option — Take basic biology and computer science courses, along with advanced courses in bioinformatics and biology electives. You will graduate prepared for professional or academic careers in bioinformatics, comparative genomics, proteomics, molecular modeling, and biological database analysis and management. Learn more about the Bioinformatics Option and courses
  • Biotechnology Option — Take a set of advanced courses designed to provide the conceptual background and practical training needed for a career in biotechnology, genetic engineering, bioinformatics, industrial microbiology, cell culture technology, and the manufacture and purification of diagnostics and other biologically relevant materials. Learn more about the Biotechnology Option and courses
  • Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Option — Gain a strong foundation in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as advanced courses in ecology, evolutionary biology and environmental biology, functional comparative biology and biomechanics. You will be ready to launch a career or graduate study in such fields as ecology and evolution, environmental biotechnology, conservation biology, public health, toxicology, bioremediation and biological assessment of environmental quality. Learn more about the Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Option and courses
  • Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Option — Take all the necessary prerequisite courses to apply to medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, pharmacy and podiatry schools, as well as physician assistant programs. The program offers a strong foundation, with basic courses in biology alongside a variety of health-related biology electives. Learn more about the Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Option and courses

In the senior year, you can choose to conduct a research capstone project. Many research projects lead to student-authored publications in professional journals and presentations at scientific meetings.

Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing and to learn about the Biology minor.

Visit the Academic Catalog for all degree pathways, including those from prior enrollment years.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Start working in a biology research lab as early as your first year.
  • A graduate in Biological Sciences will be able to:

    1. Apply knowledge of biological molecule chemistry to function at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organismal levels.
    2. Identify basic intracellular functions and predict intracellular responses to extracellular and environmental cues.
    3. Describe how regulation of genome expression dictates molecular and cellular structure and function.
    4. Apply knowledge of the nature of mutations and the laws governing their inheritance to explain how they affect phenotypes.
    5. Explain how mutations and environment interact in a population to affect the gene pool, and resultant effects on a population.
    6. Apply knowledge of metabolic pathway regulation and the energy requirements of a cell, to predict the activity and end product of metabolic pathways.
    7. Recognize the organismal diversity of life on Earth and explain the processes that have given rise to this diversity over time.
    8. Apply knowledge of ecological, environmental and evolutionary processes to understand conservation needs of species, communities and ecosystems.
    9. Understand how biological processes are inextricably intertwined with geophysical processes, and appreciate that human activities are both dominant drivers of global climate and environmental change and are impacted by that change.
    10. Design an experiment and analyze experimental data.

Why study biology at UMass Lowell?

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Technical Training

Gain hands-on technical training with specialized techniques, including: 

  • Electron microscopy
  • Recombinant DNA technology
  • Cell culture
  • Computer applications
  • Tools widely used in biochemistry
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Research Opportunities

Participate in our faculty’s cutting-edge research, including such areas as:

  • Neuroscience
  • Cancer biology
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Virology
  • Climate change biology
  • Biology education
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Pre-Med/Pre-Health Professional Training

Our programs satisfy entrance requirements for schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatry, and chiropractic. Learn more about our Pre-Health Professionals Advising.

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Fun Outside the Classroom

Put your learning into practice. Check out some of the fun ways UML students come together.

What can you do with a degree in biology?

Graduates of UMass Lowell's Biology program are equipped to launch careers in biotechnology, medicine, ecology and other life science fields. Our students are also prepared for admission to professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy.

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Alumni of our program have worked at:

  • Pfizer
  • Millipore
  • Broad Institute
  • UMass Medical
  • Novartis
  • Mass Eye & Ear
  • MIT
  • Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

Meet Our Faculty & Students

Daryle Lamonica stands with two other students, all in suits, holding certificates for completing a summer enrichment program
Daryle LaMonica '21
Biology

Marine Corps veteran Daryle LaMonica is on the fast track to becoming a doctor through the UMass Medical School Baccalaureate to M.D. Pathway Program.

I have a new appreciation for arts and the humanities.
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Joe Mendes ’24
Biology

Honors pre-med biology major Joe Mendes has taken a leading role with UML Emergency Medical Services.

I’ve met a ton of people and made some really close friends.
Read More About Joe Mendes 
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Rameez Shaikh '21
Biology

Rameez Shaikh ’21 has been accepted by more than six dental schools, thanks to mentoring by Chemistry Assoc. Teaching Prof. Khalilah Reddie.

Being able to see someone who looks like you and talks like you in a position of power – it’s huge.
Read More About Rameez Shaikh 
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Sean Simonini '26
Political Science, Biology

Sean Simonini is making an impact at the Statehouse and beyond.

UMass Lowell is about the grit, the work ethic. It’s everybody on an equal playing field. I love that mission.
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Megan Salsinha '23
Biological Sciences

Student-athlete Megan Salsinha credits her honors research project and academic coursework for preparing her for medical school.

UMass Lowell is setting me up to be successful in medical school.
Read More About Megan Salsinha 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Biology - Lee Lab

  • At UMass Lowell, you can start working in a real research lab as early as your first year.