Frequently Asked Questions
Why do students major in biology?
To prepare for professional schools (e.g., medical, veterinary, law), graduate programs in biosciences (e.g., molecular biology, biochemistry, animal behavior, marine biology), or careers in medical technology, industry, health, and education.
What high school courses should I take?
At least one year of both college preparatory or honors biology and chemistry is required. Additional courses in the sciences (e.g., physics, earth sciences, anatomy and physiology, and AP biology and AP chemistry) and mathematics ( e.g., algebra II, pre-calculus, or calculus) will help. I took AP Biology in high school.
Should I take Biological Principles freshman year?
If you take the Advanced Placement Test in Biology and score a 4 or a 5 you may get credit for Biological Principles at Stonehill. You will be asked to take a test equivalent to the final exam in Biological Principles I during your first week on campus. Your selection of the appropriate biology course will be made after consultation with your advisor.
What are some of the medical and graduate schools your graduates have attended?
Stonehill biology majors have gone on to a large number of medical schools:
- University of Massachusetts,
- Boston University,
- Johns Hopkins,
- University of Vermont,
and veterinary schools:
- Ohio State,
- Washington State,
and graduate schools:
- University of Connecticut,
- University of Virginia,
- University of New Hampshire,
- Boston College,
- Boston University.
Where are your graduates employed?
Many work in hospitals, in industry (e.g., Genzyme, Meditech), in government, and in academia. Many in the health professions are self-employed.