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Excellent Scientists Strengthened by Broadened Perspectives

The Biology Department at 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.

Three Degree Options to Suit Your Goals

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. 

 

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. 

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.

Stonehill has taught me to trust in myself even when the odds are against me, to be able to persevere with determination and courage to achieve my goals.

Three Things You Need to Know About the Program

Large Program, Yet Small Classes

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.

Tailored to Suit Your Goals

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.

Connects Latest Technology with Time-Tested Practices

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.

Students work with Heather Yu, assistant professor biology, on the Anatomage virtual dissection table.

Sample Biology Courses

Scientific Methods: The Ocean

History of marine science. Ocean environmental factors. Diversity of organisms adapted to different marine communities. Value of marine resources. Some lab work involving microscopy and dissection. Independent visit to the New England Aquarium outside of class time required.

Biology of Cancer

Study of the genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer and its effect at the tissue, organ and organismic levels. Symptoms, stages and treatment options, ongoing research studies, insurance issues, and the impact of the sequencing of the human genome will be discussed.

Wetlands: Ecology, Hydrology, Restoration

Role of wetlands in hydrology and landscape ecology. Functions of marshes, swamps and bogs in water and nutrient cycles and in biodiversity. Links between wetlands and human activities (agriculture, coastal development, fisheries). Legal framework for protection/restoration of wetlands.

Where Our Recent Graduate Work

Stonehill’s biology graduates go on to work at a range of notable organizations. Continue exploring where Stonehill graduates work.

By the Numbers

The Biology program prepares students to pursue employment after graduation or continue their education in graduate or professional school.

3%
TOP 3% OF HIGHEST PAID GRADS

The early career salaries for graduates of Stonehill's Biology program are among the top 3% in the field, according to College Factual

Partnerships & Special Programs

Stonehill College has developed academic affiliations with colleges and universities that enable our students to augment the degree they earn at Stonehill with graduate and undergraduate degrees that further enhance their opportunities.

Career Development Resources for Students

The Stonehill Career Development Center offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.

Biology-Specific Career Resources

  • Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level jobs
  • Annual career fairs
  • Various industry-specific career lunches – biotech and pharmaceuticals
  • Alumni Career Dinner – Biology Society
  • 89 active biology alumni mentors

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Bronwyn Heather Bleakley

Bronwyn Heather Bleakley

Professor of Biology, Biology Department Chair
Romelle D. Berry

Romelle D. Berry

Administrative Assistant II
Biology