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.
An Ideal Place to Learn
All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
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Karina BarseguianAdjunct Faculty
Maria Lombardi-ButlerAdjunct Faculty
Owen Sholes, Ph.D.Adjunct Faculty
Jessica WhittProfessor of Practice Biology
Learn the Skills Employers Seek
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.
At Assumption University, 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.
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
Abbott Bioresearch Center
Eli Lilly and Company
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
Shining Their Light
Complex Systems Researcher, Assumption's Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Assumption gave me the work ethic and communication skills needed for a wide variety of experiences.
I've given lectures in Massachusetts and at an international conference in Greece. These are achievements I couldn’t have reached without Assumption’s support and cultivation of these skills within me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting
Assumption University strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the University pursues these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that prepares students for professionally and personally rewarding lives of meaning.Our Mission
Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost
We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.
Regis College Dual Degree Parternship
Assumption University 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.