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Faculty assists students pursuing a Biology degree at Curry College in the labLet your curiosity take over as you experience life through a scientific lens. Earn your Biology degree at Curry College to launch a career in scientific research, prepare for graduate or medical school, or pursue one of dozens of career paths exploring our natural world.

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Aquatic Biology
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The Path to Your Dream Career

Earn your B.S. in Biology degree and prepare for a career in:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Laboratory Science
  • Biomedical Research

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Research
  • Graduate and Medical School
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Environmental Biologist

Our Alumni in the Field

Recent internship locations students have applied to include UMass Medical School, UMass Boston, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Broad Institute, and more. Our alumni are leading the way at:

  • Baystate Health
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Maine Medical Center
  • UConn Graduate School - Cell/Molecular Ph.D. Program
  • UMass Medical School
  • And more!


BIOL 1055 Introduction to Organisms (includes lab) 4
BIOL 1065 Introduction to Molecules and Cells
(includes lab)

Core Requirements:

BIOL 2040, 2140 Microbiology for Science Majors
(includes Laboratory)
BIOL 2100 Genetics (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 3120 Evolution and Genomics 3
BIOL 3900 Biology Seminar 1

Students must complete a minimum of 12 additional elective credits at the 2000/3000 level according to the following criteria. A minimum of 3 credits must be taken at the 3000-level in addition to BIOL 3120.

Biology Electives (Choose from the following list):

BIOL 2030 Human Disease 3
BIOL 2050 Animal Behavior 3
BIOL 2060 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
BIOL 2300 Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 2310 Field Ecology (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 2330 Aquatic Biology (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 2520 Nutrition 3
BIOL 2900 Independent Research in Biology 1-2
BIOL 3030 Cell Biology (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 3050 Immunology 3
BIOL 3060 Cancer Biology 3
BIOL 3075 Advanced Physiology
(includes Laboratory)
BIOL 3210 Advanced Environmental Science 3
CHEM 3570/3670 Biochemistry I (includes Laboratory) 4
CHEM 3580/3680 Biochemistry II (includes Laboratory) 4
ENVS 2215 Environmental Science
(includes Laboratory)

Requirements in Related Areas:

CHEM 1010, 1110 Introductory Chemistry I, w/ Lab 4
CHEM 1020, 1120 Introductory Chemistry II, w/ Lab 4
CHEM/PHYS Electives (2000 or 3000 level),
w/ Lab
MATH 1150 Statistics I 3
MATH 1190 College Algebra 3
MATH 2130 Calculus I 6
Total: 22

To qualify for honors in Curry science-related majors, the following criteria must be met:

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA overall + 3.5 GPA in major
  • Complete application
  • Complete the Science Communications course with B+ or better
  • Complete Independent Research course with B+ or better
  • Complete Honors Research + Senior Honors Thesis (4 cr) with a B+ or better.

Students can earn a minor in biology by taking any 15 credits in graded Biology (BIOL) courses (See Biology major requirements in the accordion above), at least six credits of which must be taken at Curry College.

1.       Students will be able to explain the basic concepts of biology.

a.       Knowledge of cell structure and function understanding the metabolic processes of cells in terms of cellular organelles, membranes, and biological molecules
b.      Knowledge of the diversity and similarity of living organisms at organization levels ranging from molecules to the community
c.       Knowledge of the nature and function of genes and processes of inheritance and natural selection as they influence the characteristics of population and species
d.      Knowledge of ecology

2.       Students will learn a variety of skills necessary to function as a biologist in the workplace or as a candidate for an advanced degree.

a.       Ability to design experiments with appropriate controls and to conduct original research.
b.      Ability to use specific laboratory tools and techniques (e.g. effective use of microscopes and lab instruments, handling of microorganisms, making up solutions).
c.       Ability to apply mathematical or statistical approaches to understanding biological information.

3.       Students will develop scientific critical thinking skills

a.       Ability to assess the appropriateness of experimental designs and significance or relevance of data.
b.      Ability to think critically in reading and analyzing biological information in both mass media and research journal articles.

4.       Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate, verbally and in writing, knowledge of biology, biological methods, and biological issues in context

5.       Students will develop an awareness of the impact that biology has had on society at large as well as the interactions of biology with other disciplines such as psychology and sociology (with which interdisciplinary courses are offered), and art and history.

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Ismae Bailey, a senior with a double major in Forensic Science and Biology, has worked diligently to achieve her dream of becoming a forensic pathologist. Between a full schedule of academics, student government, and community service work, Ismae returns home to Las Vegas every summer and winter break to shadow the Coroner at the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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