Curious about how the world works? Explore cellular and molecular biology, build critical thinking skills, and gain hands-on experience with a Biology major at Dean College.

Program Overview

Science is an ever-changing and evolving field. Rapid technological advancements present new and unprecedented opportunities for research and discoveries in the biological sciences. Dean offers a bachelor’s degree in Biology to prepare you for numerous careers in the life sciences industry.

As a Biology major at Dean, you’ll begin to develop your hands-on lab skills from the first semester, working with state-of-the-art lab equipment in small, cohort-style classes. You’ll study the basic principles of biology and chemistry with a focus on cellular and molecular biology, the foundation of the life sciences industry and advanced medical research. You’ll build technical skills in lab courses to understand the scientific process, think critically about data and apply what you’re learning in real-world scenarios. You’ll develop science reading and science writing skills as you read and present papers, write lab reports, prepare research proposals and conduct independent research through your senior capstone.

Your coursework will also be complemented by a foundation in the liberal arts, because being able to evaluate and communicate about science is as important as being able to do the experiments. You will be exposed to major historical contributions to science, exploring how the process of science occurs in a humanistic context, and discussing the knowledge behind and implications of current research.

science lab at Dean College

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Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO 152 General Biology: Organisms 4
BIO 211 Microbiology 4
BIO 240 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 440 Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
UPPER-DIVISION MAJOR ELE Evolution, Molecular Genetics, Immunology, or Brain and Behavior 9
BIO 495 Senior Capstone 3
CHM 151 Chemistry l 4
CHM 152 Chemistry ll 4
CHM 345 Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry for the Biological Sciences 3
MTH 130 Introductory Statistics 3
HIS/SCI 265 History of Science 4
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Course 3
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
Total Credits 58

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
BIO 151 General Biology: The Cell 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 24
Total Credits 24

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22

Beyond the Classroom

Dean College students in a lab As a Biology major at Dean, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply what you’re learning.

Gain experience working with cells, tissues and both macroscopic and microscopic organisms as you perform experiments using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Develop scientific literacy skills as you study, present and write research papers and proposals. And learn from frequent guest speakers to give you insights into the field and expose you to real-world learning opportunities.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a number of jobs in the life sciences industry, including research, science education, pharmaceutical sales, marketing, science writing and more. A bachelor’s degree in Biology is also an excellent foundation to continue your education through graduate school or medical school.

Uniquely Dean

Two Dean College students in a lab. Take advantage of unique programming inside and outside the classroom through the Dean College Biology program.
  • Develop hands-on learning while working with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment
  • Join the Biology Journal Club for an informal chance to practice reading and presenting scientific papers.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities with fellow Biology students, such as Science Movie Nights.
  • Take interdisciplinary courses to understand the history and humanistic contexts of science, including History of Science and Beyond Henrietta Lacks: Race and Medicine in 20th Century America.
  • Pursue internship opportunities at one of Boston’s countless research and medical institutions.
  • Learn in close-knit, supportive classes with professionals in the field who are committed to your success.
  • Dean College was ranked #2 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges, North category.


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