Biology Department

The Biology Department of Stonehill College is committed to providing comprehensive and rigorous Biology training in the context of a liberal arts education. We strive to thoroughly prepare students for careers and advanced education in the Biological Sciences by offering excellent classroom learning augmented by meaningful research experiences. Our faculty members are committed to providing individual attention to each of our students and to give them the opportunity to pursue their interests in the many facets of Biology.


Varney, Perry Named Biology Department Students of the Year

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Joseph Varney ’19 and Nicholas Perry ’19 have been named top students in the Biology Department for 2019.

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Professor Sue Mooney '82 Named Fr. Francis Hurley, C.S.C., Endowed Chair in Biology

Sue Mooney '82, professor of Biology and the Environmental Studies Program Director, has been appointed the holder of the Fr. Francis Hurley, C.S.C., Endowed Chair in Biology.


Biology is one of the largest majors at Stonehill, encompassing nearly a quarter of the student population, and yet its small class sizes ensure students get the support they need to succeed. Its growth is due in part to the stewardship of faculty and to the type of scientific research students experience here — such as the research on the evolutionary causes of social behavior.

Students completing the major are prepared for entry into graduate programs in the life sciences and professional programs in medical, allied health and environmental fields.

The Biology major also prepares graduates for direct entry into clinical, industrial, research, teaching, or government careers. Because the curriculum is part of a liberal arts degree, biology majors also have the option of pursuing a wide variety of non-science careers.

Learn by Doing

The Department’s philosophy is that students learn by doing. Laboratory and fieldwork are integral to most courses. All students complete and present the results of a research project as a requirement for several courses.

Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.)

For qualified students who are interested in research, the learn-by-doing philosophy is extended through faculty-mentored research opportunities during the academic year and the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.) during the summer.

Students participating in these programs collaborate directly with faculty conducting independent research.

Regional & International Internships

Departmental interns have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of off-campus research and clinical facilities. These regional and international internships are available through the Internship in Biological Sciences program and make it possible for students to gain hands-on experience in a wide range of areas.

Here, science students do get to go abroad. Students go to Australia to study marine biology. They also take courses in Italy, Spain and elsewhere in Europe.

We Stay Current

The College supports the Biology Department’s effort to remain current in fields where rapid technological and theoretical advances have become the norm. The Department is committed to incorporating the best of the new into its curriculum without neglecting the classical areas of biology, which remain critical to a broad, liberal arts-based education in the life sciences.

Studying Biology at Stonehill puts students in an 89,000-square-foot state-of-the-art science center, and has them working with accomplished faculty using equipment normally only available to graduate students.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science Degree

The B.S. in Biology fulfills entrance requirements for medical, dental and graduate schools and for medical technology programs. It is also recommended for careers in research, academia, allied health fields, private enterprise or government service.

Students completing the B.S. in Biology sequence and their General Education courses will graduate with a solid foundation in biological science and a broad educational background. Students enrolled in the major are encouraged to strengthen their career preparation by completing an internship, directed study or research project before graduation.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The B.A. in Biology is designed for a student who seeks entry into a professional program or to teach at the primary or secondary level. The B.A. in Biology may also be combined with another major to create an interdisciplinary degree appropriate for direct employment in biotechnology, government or other industry positions.

Combined with Journalism or English, it makes it possible to pursue a career in science writing or editing; with Computer Information Systems, technical and development work for biotechnology and pharmaceuticals; with Public Administration or Political Science, a career in environmental non-profit or governmental sectors; or with Business, a career in marketing or the patent office with biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies.

The B.A. in Biology is also recommended for those seeking entry into post-baccalaureate training/certification courses or interdisciplinary graduate programs such as those in Public Health or Natural Resources. Students enrolled in the major are encouraged to strengthen their career preparation by completing an internship, directed study or research project.

Biology Minor

The Biology minor provides a broad introduction to the biological sciences for students majoring in other disciplines. A variety of courses are available to help students whose long-term goals would be enhanced by knowledge of biology (for example, careers or graduate study in fields such as biotechnology, biophysics, anthropology, clinical psychology, public policy, healthcare administration or genetic counseling). Courses used to fulfill requirements for the minor should be selected with the help of the Biology minor advisor or another advisor in the department.

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