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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 to blaze a trail in the sciences as an environmental educator, marine biologist, pharmaceutical researcher, brain researcher, and many more possibilities.

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. With experience in places like the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and many more, you'll forge a unique path to a successful career.

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 ’13
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BS in Biology
Jared Winston ’13
At Lesley, we strive 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 musculoskeletal 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:
Craft Creative Combinations
As a Biology major, you can pursue a second major or one of our 45+ minors—in art & design or a liberal arts subject—to expand your career opportunities.

Forge your own path with a creative combination:
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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.

$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:
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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 study 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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