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.
  • Perfect 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. As a biology major, 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 encourage you to master the scientific method, learn new lab techniques, and begin applying your knowledge in meaningful ways. Your work isn’t limited to the classroom, either: Bio majors at Elms present original research at scientific conferences, and even have the chance to co-author articles with faculty and other students.

Push the Limits of Scientific Discovery

Studying biology at Elms is only the starting point of your career as an inquisitive thinker. Here are just a few ways you might steer your love of science into a rewarding career:

  • Become a research scientist. Once you gain experience running your own experiments here at Elms, you can confidently apply to graduate school programs and continue your academic journey to a master’s degree or Ph.D. Our master of science in biomedical sciences program is the perfect place to further your knowledge and prepare for professional health programs.
  • Become a medical expert. The healthcare field is in constant need of doctors, physician assistants (PAs), pharmacists, and more. As a biology major, you can tailor your studies to prepare for med school, PA school, or more specialized programs in disciplines like veterinary medicine or optometry. We also offer an undergraduate pre-health, pre-med track for students who know they want to practice medicine.
  • Become a science teacher. Use your knowledge to help students investigate the mysteries of the universe. If you double major in biology and education at Elms, you can learn strategies for helping kids of all ages embrace their curiosity, conduct experiments, develop analytical thinking skills, and pursue their interests in STEM fields.

After deciding on your path, our program will help you take the steps you need to get there. Some of our recent alumni can be found in pathology laboratories, research labs, colleges and universities, hospitals, doctor’s offices, government agencies, and classrooms.

Connect Science with Ethics

Interdisciplinary study is at the heart of Elms. As a biology major, you will be challenged to consider the ethical aspects of science. Our bioethics and medical humanities minor invites you to think about the moral effects of scientific research and its applications. Classes on forensic science and environmental biology, for example, ask you to reflect on the ways that science intersects with criminal justice, public policy, industrialization, and more.

Quick Info

  • 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.

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.