Science & Mathematics

Biology

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Bring fresh thinking to healthcare and research.

Apply your natural curiosity and passion for living things to a career in healthcare or scientific research. With a focus on hands-on lab work, technical training, and independent research, our BS in Biology will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries, from biotech and pharmaceuticals to healthcare and public health. Our dynamic program provides pathways for you to pursue everything from pre-health to urban ecology to independent research projects. You'll work alongside professors who combine expertise in the natural world with experience in the practical world to help you guide your curiosity as you pursue your enthusiasm for biology. You’ll also be prepared for graduate-level programs in fields like biological research, life sciences, medicine, physical therapy, and physician's assistant.

Through lab experiences, an off-site internship, and a capstone research project, you’ll build the scientific and cutting-edge laboratory research skills needed to be successful in graduate or professional school or break into the scientific research world.

While at Lesley, you’ll also benefit from small, engaging classroom experiences and faculty-led research opportunities. Working side-by-side with our faculty-researchers, you’ll use your creativity to ask big questions, design experiments, and think critically about the results. And from doing research on actual biological problems or by examining real issues in Cambridge, Boston and beyond, you’ll graduate with your finger on the pulse of current scientific, health and community challenges.

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José Gonzalez in his science lab
José Gonzalez ’13
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Biology BS
Jared Winston ’13
Lesley University strives to balance the demands of academics with the demands of athletics, encouraging students to excel at both. So as a biology major and student-athlete during his time at Lesley, it’s no coincidence Jared’s two passions led him to the path of becoming a physical therapist. “Primarily my patients are dealing with orthopedic issues…but I also see patients who have neurological or cardiovascular impairments, like patients who have suffered a stroke," says the former Lynx soccer star. “Eventually,” says Jared, “I want to own my own clinic that focuses on complex musculo-skeletal conditions, such as a recent loss of limb. These are especially challenging…emotionally as well as physically.”
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here's a taste of what you'll learn in our biology program:
$71,000
The average salary for professionals with a bachelor of science degree in biology in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
#1
Greater Boston ranks as the best city in the country for careers in the life sciences, home to over 82,000 jobs at 650 companies. (Source; BioSpace)
16%
From 2014-2017, New England saw a 16 percent increase in job postings for graduates with biology degrees in healthcare professions. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Careers
Where You Could Work
Greater Boston has some of the best opportunities for careers in biology and related fields. The top employers for graduates with a biology degree include:
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
Professional opportunities in biology are expanding, and healthcare and biological research are two of Greater Boston's fastest-growing industries. Top entry-level job titles for someone with a BS 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
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
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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

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

First-year freshman students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. 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
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
*Enter your GPA to see what merit scholarships you’re eligible to receive.
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Transfer students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. 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 for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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