Photo of Erica Van Ness '18 and biology professor Nina Theis in Trinidad

Why Elms for your Biology degree?

  • Conduct original research and present your work at STEM conferences.
  • Gain hands-on experience through local and international fieldwork opportunities.
  • Hone your skills in the Lyons Center, a $12 million facility for natural and health sciences.

Explore the Foundations of the Natural World

The biology major at Elms College gives you a broad background in scientific theory and research. In our program you’ll have the freedom to conduct experiments on topics that interest you, ranging from the microscopic (genes, molecules, and cells) to the macroscopic (ecosystems, organisms, populations).

Our hands-on classes help you master the scientific method, learn new lab techniques, and apply your knowledge in ways that make a difference. Your work isn’t limited to the classroom, either. Bio majors at Elms complete internships, present original research at conferences, and even co-author articles with faculty.

Push the Limits of Scientific Discovery

Studying biology at Elms is only the starting point of your journey as an inquisitive thinker. You can launch your love of science into many fulfilling careers:

  • Become a research scientist. Gain ample experience running experiments here. Then, confidently apply to Ph.D. and master’s programs. Our biomedical sciences program is the perfect stepping stone if you want to do research that changes the future.
  • Become a medical expert. The healthcare field constantly needs doctors, physician assistants (PAs), and other specialists. In our program you can customize your studies to prepare for these career paths. If you already know that you want to practice medicine, check out our pre-health, pre-med track.
  • Become a science teacher. Double major in biology and education so you can inspire students to investigate the mysteries of the universe.

Our students go on to accomplish extraordinary things. Recent alumni can be found in pathology laboratories, research labs, colleges and universities, hospitals, doctor’s offices, government agencies, and classrooms.

Connect Biology with Ethics

How will your research impact the world? Our bioethics and medical humanities minor challenges you to think about the ethical aspects of scientific research and its applications. Classes on forensic science and environmental biology ask you to reflect on the intersections of science, criminal justice, public policy, industrialization, and more.

Quick Info

Required Credits

67

Degree Option

Bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in biology; minor in biology

  • Conduct original research in the Lyons Center, a 22,000 sq. ft. research facility with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the life sciences, both in the classroom and in the field.
  • Benefit from personalized instruction and small class sizes.
  • Work with faculty to create a career development plan.
  • Explore extracurricular opportunities in Western Massachusetts.

Click to view course requirements for the major in Biology (B.A.).

Minimum at Elms College: 18 credits/Minimum GPA: 2.5

Major Requirements (67 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
Biology Courses (37 credits)
BIO 1100BIO 110Environmental Biology3
BIO 1100LBIO 110LEnvironmental Biology Lab1
BIO 1203BIO 123General Biology I3
BIO 1203LBIO 123LGeneral Biology I Lab1
BIO 1204BIO 124General Biology II3
BIO 1204LBIO 124LGeneral Biology II Lab1
BIO 3001BIO 301Developmental Biology3
BIO 3001LBIO 301LDevelopmental Biology Lab1
BIO 3201BIO 321Genetics3
BIO 3201LBIO 321LGenetics Lab1
BIO 4004BIO 404Biology Seminar3
Biology electives (14 credits)

Other Science Or Math Courses (30 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
CHE 1201CHE 121General Chemistry I3
CHE 1201LCHE 121LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 1202CHE 122General Chem II3
CHE 1202LCHE 122LGeneral Chem II Lab1
CHE 2101CHE 211Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 2101LCHE 211LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 2102CHE 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHE 2102LCHE 212LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
PHY 1005PHY 105General Physics I3
PHY 1005LPHY 105LGeneral Physics I Lab1
PHY 1006PHY 106General Physics II3
PHY 1006LPHY 106LGeneral Physics II Lab1

Click to view course requirements for the minor in Biology.

Minor Requirements (24 credits)

Students electing biology as a minor field of concentration must take 24 semester hours chosen from the department course offerings in consultation with a faculty member from the department. The choice of courses will be related to the student’s major and subsequent career goal.

Alexandra Norton '20

Alexandra Norton, an ElmSTEM scholar

“I like being challenged. When I was researching colleges, I looked with the intent of going somewhere that would help me get to veterinary school.”

Junior biology major Alexandra Norton ’20 chose Elms for its research opportunities. The Bolton, CT, native, who started community college when she was only 13, says that gaining this experience will help set her apart when she applies to veterinary school. Read Alexandra’s story.