• Biology

    In the Biology Department at Worcester State University, we provide you with a solid understanding of the biological sciences through a dynamic integration of classroom learning, laboratory investigation, and fieldwork. Our department offers majors in biology and biotechnology—the only public program of its kind in Massachusetts—as well as a minor in biology. Our accomplished professors illuminate the diversity of modern biology in courses like Ecology, Genetics, and Microbiology. Through our challenging curriculum, you’ll hone important critical thinking, problem-solving, and technical skills that are relevant to a wide array of disciplines including chemistry, psychology, medicine, and pharmacology.

  • If you are looking to specialize in an area of interest, we offer concentrations in bioinformatics and nuclear medicine technology. As a high-achieving biology or biotechnology student, you also may be eligible for WSU's pre-medical, -dental, and -veterinary studies program or our articulation programs in pharmacy, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, and optometry with MCPHS University. If you are interested in continuing your education in other health-care fields, our programs provide a strong foundation for further study.

    Our biology and biotechnology majors emphasize hands-on learning, and all content-based courses have a required lab component. We also participate in the WSU Honors Program for exceptional undergraduates and host a chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honor society for outstanding biology and biotechnology majors.

    Beyond the laboratory, you’ll translate scientific theory into practice through hands-on experimentation and research in our state-of-the-art laboratories and at local field sites. You also will have the opportunity to complete internships at area firms, government agencies, or local non-profit organizations. Through our ecology and environmental biology classes, you may participate in service-learning projects with organizations like the EcoTarium, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Massachusetts Department of Conservation, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Southwick’s Zoo.

    If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in biotechnology while working full- or part-time, we also offer a convenient, high-quality graduate program. As an undergraduate biotechnology major, you may qualify to accelerate your graduate studies through our 5-year bachelor’s and master’s degree program.