Biology

The Department of Biology offers students a broad array of Biology courses and a choice of five Biology concentrations.

  • Dr. Liebert’s Ecology class at Warren Woods doing mark-recapture

  • Canoes on the water for Dr. White’s Limnology Class

  • Dr. Connolly’s Vascular Plant Taxonomy class identifying plants around campus

  • Congratulations to our 2017 Biology graduates

Course offerings include topics in cellular biology, molecular biology, organismal biology, physiology, botany, marine biology, ecology, evolution, and environmental science. Students have the opportunity to focus their course of study in one of the following concentrations: General Biology, Wildlife and Environmental Biology, Biotechnology, Pre-Health Biology, and Biology Secondary Education.

In addition to regular course work, every Biology major participates in an intensive two-semester research program. Through first-hand experience students come to understand the scientific process and appreciate the complexity and diversity of biological systems. This research experience also gives the students invaluable training in scientific writing, data analysis, and oral presentation skills.

The Department also participates in two interdisciplinary programs offered by the University: the Environmental Science and Policy major co-sponsored by the Biology and Geography Departments, and a Neuroscience minor sponsored in conjunction with the Department of Psychology and Philosophy.

The Biology minor may be elected by non-Biology majors when biology course work would complement the major program. For non-science majors the Department offers several general education courses on a variety of topics including human biology, marine organisms, plants, and environmental issues.

Spotlight on Biology

Student Spotlight
Julia Barrone '18

Biology with Wildlife concentration

"After graduation, I would like to gain more experience in the field. For a career, I’m interested in working with wildlife and I hope to eventually become a certified Wildlife Biologist. I was an intern at Drumlin Farm during summer 2017 and I learned a great deal about captive wildlife husbandry and care, as well as the importance of pubic education regarding wildlife."

Alumni Spotlight
Jasper Sha '08

Naturalist at Goodwin Conservation Center

"I've been trying to focus on communication in science and teaching others to 'talk science' better to the public. I worked in microbiology for a while, then changed my focus to environmental science, as I believed this to be the bigger issue in coming years. I currently work as the naturalist for Goodwin Conservation Center, where I do nature education, conservation, and programming, while also working as the communication specialist for the CT Food System Alliance by bringing in an outsider's perspective to the food systems."

Faculty Spotlight
Aline Davis and Rebecca Shearman

Biology Faculty

Biology Department Chair Aline Davis and Assistant Professor Rebecca Shearman, along with with three Framingham State Biology alumni, recently had their paper on the effects of synthetic estrogen used in birth control on frog development published in Internal Medicine Review.