Undergraduate

Biology

Biology majors gain extensive hands-on laboratory experience in the state-of-the-art Testa Science Center, as well as strong support from and easy access to faculty, who make classroom-based concepts meaningful and help develop your technical research skills.

Biology Program

Program Tracks Available

Major, Minor


Admission Deadline

Early Decision: November 1
Early Action: November 1
Early Action II: December 15
Regular Decision: February 15


Degrees Offered

B.A.


Department

Department of Biological and Physical Sciences

Program Contact

Brian Niece, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences, Professor of Chemistry
508-767-7209 Testa Science Center - Room 209

An Ideal Place to Learn

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Program Curriculum

Faculty


Experiential Learning

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption College, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.

Internships

Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Career Paths

Abbott Bioresearch Center

Aventis Pharmaceuticals

Biogen Idec

Eli Lilly and Company

Genzyme

Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital

Mosaic Technologies

Pfizer

Waters Corporation

Heather Bates

Neuroscience 2020
Neurobiology Research Intern, UMass Medical School Neurobiology Research Department

Assumption prepared me for my internship by building my foundational science knowledge.

I was then able to make real discoveries alongside graduate students and other impressive individuals. Due to my involvement, I am fortunate to be a published author on a paper as an undergraduate student, which can be quite rare.
Mia Rapoza

Biology 2020
Medical Scribe Intern, Brown University and Lab Analyst Intern, Thielsch Engineering

I’m confident and have a strong foundation that I can apply to my future career.

Upon returning from studying abroad in Australia, I secured two internships. One was as a medical scribe throughout various emergency rooms in Rhode Island and the other was as a laboratory analyst where I performed various microbiological tests.
Catherine Donnelly

Biology 2021
Teacher & Naturalist, Norman Bird Sanctuary

I have really been able to experience what it is like to run a classroom.

I spent the summer working with children in grades 2 – 8 teaching them about coastal creatures and ecosystems by conducting experiments, playing games, making crafts and exploring the coast.
Sara Ghumman

Biology 2020
Intern, RNA Therapeutics Institute at UMASS Medical School

Throughout my internship, I was able to apply what I learned at Assumption as a biology major.

I participated in the Emerging Professionals Summer Internship Program. Through this hands-on experience, I have a better understanding of science and I learned new skills and made new professional connections.
Shannon Quinlan

Biology 2021
Education Assistant, Buffalo Zoo

At my internship, I’ve learned the importance of educating others on conserving vulnerable species.

I’m inspired to continue with the path I'm taking as it is extremely rewarding to see children become passionate and express care for animals and conservation efforts.
Isaac Brobbey

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2019
Youth Futures International - Internship in Ghana

Assumption offers all the resources to make one’s dreams become reality.

Students reach their highest potential here. I want to build and improve healthcare systems in developing countries, so I was able to complete my internship in my home country, Ghana, where l left six years ago. This is undoubtedly a dream I have always hoped for.
Michaela Temple

Biology 2017
Pursuing a Doctor of Optometry, New England College of Optometry

Due to the skills and opportunities given to me by Assumption, I will truly stand apart in my career

My research project at Assumption was in the study of the molecular mechanisms of neuronal development in C. elegans. Conducting this research provided me with the analytical skills that are required in many medical fields.
Alexis Levine

Biology 2018
Intern, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital

I learned more than I ever thought possible at my internships.

I acquired research skills and was given the opportunity to see first-hand, what it’s like to have a career as a researcher. I credit my success to the chemistry knowledge bestowed upon me by Professor Marcotte and to the labs at Assumption for providing me a space to learn.
Devyn Oliver

Biology 2014
Fourth Year PhD Candidate in the Neurobiology Department, UMass Medical School

The best tools you have for getting the career you want are Assumption’s professors.

As an undergraduate, I was exposed to the inner workings of a graduate school laboratory which helped me realize that I wanted to continue conducting neuroscience research and eventually go on to get my Ph.D. The faculty are such knowledgeable and wonderful resources.
Andrea Koslowski

Biology 2017
Pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree, Ross School of Veterinary Medicine

Assumption provided me with a well-balanced liberal arts education that pushed me to grow.

Through the connections I made at Assumption, I was able to spend three years volunteering in the Anesthesia Department at Tufts Veterinary Hospital. This opportunity provided me with experience I needed to be accepted into veterinary school.

Shining Their Light

Heather Bates

Neuroscience 2020
Neurobiology Research Intern, UMass Medical School Neurobiology Research Department

Assumption prepared me for my internship by building my foundational science knowledge.

I was then able to make real discoveries alongside graduate students and other impressive individuals. Due to my involvement, I am fortunate to be a published author on a paper as an undergraduate student, which can be quite rare.
Mia Rapoza

Biology 2020
Medical Scribe Intern, Brown University and Lab Analyst Intern, Thielsch Engineering

I’m confident and have a strong foundation that I can apply to my future career.

Upon returning from studying abroad in Australia, I secured two internships. One was as a medical scribe throughout various emergency rooms in Rhode Island and the other was as a laboratory analyst where I performed various microbiological tests.
Catherine Donnelly

Biology 2021
Teacher & Naturalist, Norman Bird Sanctuary

I have really been able to experience what it is like to run a classroom.

I spent the summer working with children in grades 2 – 8 teaching them about coastal creatures and ecosystems by conducting experiments, playing games, making crafts and exploring the coast.
Sara Ghumman

Biology 2020
Intern, RNA Therapeutics Institute at UMASS Medical School

Throughout my internship, I was able to apply what I learned at Assumption as a biology major.

I participated in the Emerging Professionals Summer Internship Program. Through this hands-on experience, I have a better understanding of science and I learned new skills and made new professional connections.
Shannon Quinlan

Biology 2021
Education Assistant, Buffalo Zoo

At my internship, I’ve learned the importance of educating others on conserving vulnerable species.

I’m inspired to continue with the path I'm taking as it is extremely rewarding to see children become passionate and express care for animals and conservation efforts.
Isaac Brobbey

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 2019
Youth Futures International - Internship in Ghana

Assumption offers all the resources to make one’s dreams become reality.

Students reach their highest potential here. I want to build and improve healthcare systems in developing countries, so I was able to complete my internship in my home country, Ghana, where l left six years ago. This is undoubtedly a dream I have always hoped for.
Michaela Temple

Biology 2017
Pursuing a Doctor of Optometry, New England College of Optometry

Due to the skills and opportunities given to me by Assumption, I will truly stand apart in my career

My research project at Assumption was in the study of the molecular mechanisms of neuronal development in C. elegans. Conducting this research provided me with the analytical skills that are required in many medical fields.
Alexis Levine

Biology 2018
Intern, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital

I learned more than I ever thought possible at my internships.

I acquired research skills and was given the opportunity to see first-hand, what it’s like to have a career as a researcher. I credit my success to the chemistry knowledge bestowed upon me by Professor Marcotte and to the labs at Assumption for providing me a space to learn.
Devyn Oliver

Biology 2014
Fourth Year PhD Candidate in the Neurobiology Department, UMass Medical School

The best tools you have for getting the career you want are Assumption’s professors.

As an undergraduate, I was exposed to the inner workings of a graduate school laboratory which helped me realize that I wanted to continue conducting neuroscience research and eventually go on to get my Ph.D. The faculty are such knowledgeable and wonderful resources.
Andrea Koslowski

Biology 2017
Pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree, Ross School of Veterinary Medicine

Assumption provided me with a well-balanced liberal arts education that pushed me to grow.

Through the connections I made at Assumption, I was able to spend three years volunteering in the Anesthesia Department at Tufts Veterinary Hospital. This opportunity provided me with experience I needed to be accepted into veterinary school.
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Regis College Dual Degree Parternship

Assumption College and Weston-based Regis College have announced a dual-degree Masters of Science in Regulatory and Clinical Research Management. Assumption students who pursue the dual degree must earn a Bachelor of Arts in biology or biotechnology and molecular biology from Assumption with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

In addition receiving an undergraduate and graduate degree, Assumption students benefit form application fee waivers, preferred admission and waiver of the GRE/MAT requirement. Students are also offered one Regis graduate-level course at no cost while still enrolled at Assumption.

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