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Science & Mathematics

Biology

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Uncover the living systems that make up our world.

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.

You'll make connection that will launch you into your career with hands on experience and internships at places like the Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, and more. And once you graduate, you'll blaze a trail along a path that will lead you to work as an environmental educator, marine biologist, pharmaceutical researcher, brain researcher, and many more possibilities.

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.

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Craft Creative Combinations
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.

Forge your own path with a creative combination:
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here's a taste of what you'll do in our biology program:
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Small College, Big University

Within the dynamic environment of a larger university, you'll receive the personalized education of a small liberal arts college of 1,400 students and the hands-on attention from specialized faculty. In our mathematics and science programs, you'll build your critical thinking, observational, and analytical skills to help solve the world's complex problems.

$60,555
Average salary for professionals with degrees in biology in New England.
With a wide range of career options, a projected six percent increase in job opportunities over the next ten years, and average salaries of over $60,000 per year, graduates with a BA in Biology enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the Greater Boston area and beyond. From environmental research to science education and more, the program will prepare you for important work across a range of fields. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
Professional opportunities in biology are expanding, and Greater Boston is a great place to start your career. Job titles for someone with a biology degree include:
Careers
Where You Could Work
Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology pursue a wide range of exciting careers across a variety of industries, including:
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Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

Whether you're pursuing biology, environmental studies, or another science or math major, you'll take classes on our three beautiful Cambridge campuses. Work alongside faculty researchers in our state-of-the-art science lab and benefit from being in innovative Cambridge, the home to 200+ companies and incubator labs that are studying life sciences and clean energy. Discover the Cambridge and Boston area—a dynamic hub of internships, professional opportunity, service work, culture, and fun few other cities can match.

Faculty

Approximate cost, before financial aid, 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
    $14,600
    Spring Tuition
    $14,600
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $10,060
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,570
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. 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
    $14,600
    Spring Tuition
    $14,600
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $10,060
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,570
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. 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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Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020–2021 academic year.
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