Science & Mathematics

Biology

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Uncover the living systems that make up our world.

As a BA in Biology major, discover that science is a way of knowing, not just a collection of facts. Apply your curiosity to the study of natural processes. Explore the world’s complex systems and see how all life is connected. Gain a broad knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Build on your creativity and passion for people, plants, animals, and climate-change advocacy by going out into nature and conducting field experiments. Test what you’re learning in the lab, while participating in research led by some of the top faculty-researchers around. Learn how to instill an appreciation for nature and living things through teaching. And because having a sense of social responsibility is important for biologists, your coursework will focus on ways that science can solve community health and environmental problems.

Our connection to the Marine Studies Consortium offers unique opportunities for aquatic research, while our partnerships with communities abroad allow you to take your research around the globe. Choose to pursue our advanced track option as a stepping-stone to graduate-level study and research.

student with scientific instruments

Expand Your Career Possibilities

With a BA in Biology, you’ll be prepared to apply your scientific knowledge to a wide range of professions, from teaching to science writing, to public and community health. Since our BA in Biology has fewer required courses than our BS in Biology, it’s simple to combine your studies with other areas within the liberal arts, allowing you to widen your career opportunities. Check out a few suggestions for programs to combine:

Education

Double major in Early Childhood or Elementary Education.

Science Writing

Double major in English or Creative Writing

Natural Resource Management or Environmental Engineering

Double major in Earth and Environmental Science

Green Business or Marketing for Biotech, Medical Research, Healthcare, or Pharmaceuticals

Double major in Business Management

Law, Nonprofit, Government Services, or Public Administration

Double major in Political Science

Neuroscience

Minor in Cognitive Neuroscience

Outcomes
Here's a taste of what you'll do in our biology program:
Internships
Where Students Intern
Careers
Where You Could Work
Professional opportunities in biology are expanding. According to recent research, job prospects for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in biology have grown more than 4 percent since 2014. Some popular career pathways for someone a BA in Biology degree include:

Faculty

Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Biology
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
​Linda Dacey Scholarship
$2,000
Dean’s Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Lesley Grant Award
$5,500

Health Service Fees (required for resident students)

Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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