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Biology Major

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Why Study Biology?

Biologists study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms. They have a curiosity about the natural world and use their knowledge and modern technologies to improve peoples’ lives and global ecosystems. Biologists work in the health and medical sectors to address health issues ranging from emerging diseases to antibiotic resistance, to ensuring adequate water and food supplies. Others pursue careers focusing on the impact of environmental biodiversity and climate change.

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Why Study Biology at Eastern?

Biology students at Eastern gain extensive practical experience and spend more time in the laboratory and field projects than in lecture. Students receive the full attention of their professors, all of whom have Ph.D. degrees from top universities; professors teach both lectures and laboratories. Working in small classes with state-of-art scientific equipment ranging from a DNA sequencer to a confocal microscope, students acquire hands-on experiences in the laboratory and in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Just one example of the major's flexibility is its pre-med focus.  In addition to the Biology major, a Biology minor is offered to other majors.

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Salary Potential


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Hands-on Learning

Students swimming in the Bahamas

Tropical Biology

Eastern biology students and faculty have conducted field research in the Caribbean Basin (Belise, Bahamas, Costa Rica) each of the past 50 years.
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Undergraduate Research

Mentored by faculty experts, biology students conduct independent research ranging from discovering new antibiotics to NASA research to genetics.
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Eastern students take summer internships at Pfizer, Jackson Labs for Genomic Medicine, the Ecological Society of America and more.

Career Options

Students who pursue undergraduate degrees in Biology can have rewarding and successful careers in a variety of professional fields, including:

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Laboratory technician
  • Optometrist
  • Ecologist
  • Forensic, marine, cell, wildlife, or computational biologist
  • Entomologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Nurse

Successful Alumni

Recent Eastern students who earned a bachelor’s degree or a minor in Biology are at the following companies and professional/graduate schools:

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals
  • Bristol-Meyers-Squibb
  • Kinetic Biomedical
  • Pfizer
  • State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
  • Boston College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Alumni Testimonials

Jacob Dayton ’19
Goldwater Scholar

Jacob Dayton ’19

Biology major Jacob Dayton was Connecticut’s only Goldwater Scholar in 2018. “This recognition is a testament to the strength of Eastern’s biology program and the value of the research experiences I’ve had.” Throughout his time at Eastern, Dayton has conducted leading research about migratory birds with his mentor Biology Professor Patty Szczys. He intends to earn a Ph.D. and pursue a research career in genomics.

Elizabeth DelBuono ’17
Genetic Counseling

Elizabeth DelBuono ’17

Biology major Elizabeth DelBuono is pursuing a master’s degree in genetic counseling at Sarah Lawrence College. Her internship at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine — where she conducted breast cancer research — solidified her career aspirations: “I was surrounded by some of the most brilliant individuals in the world, and was immersed in the race to find an answer, a gene, a treatment, a cure.”

Clay Pollock holding a turtle
Virgin Islands

Clayton Pollock ’07

Biology major Clayton Pollock is a National Park Service biologist in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “I wouldn’t be here today without the foundation I received from the Biology Department. I will never forget my experiences in Belize and San Salvador Island; those opportunities helped define my career aspirations and provided a great deal of practical experience.”