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Undergraduate studies in the Department of Biology allow students the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the organization and the processes of life, from the level of molecules and cells through the level of organs and organ systems to the level of populations, species, eco-systems and evolution. The programs offer the mathematical, chemical and physical background necessary to understand biology and to help train students in practical scientific skills associated with each of these areas of study.

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BS in Biology

By majoring in biology, students develop a broad understanding of the organization and processes of life, from molecules and cells through organs and organ systems to populations, species, ecosystems, and evolution.

Professor Wendy Smith talks to male student during an experiment. A female and male student also work on the lab. The female student records information in a lab notebook and the other male student listens to Professor Smith.

BS in Cell and Molecular Biology

The cell and molecular biology major includes the background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics needed in the study of biology and the practical scientific skills associated with each of these subject areas.

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BS/PhD in Biology

Biology offers a joint BS/PhD program that allows Northeastern undergraduate biology majors to use undergraduate course sharing and undergraduate research to accelerate their time to a PhD.

BS in Biology/MS in Biotechnology

The PlusOne Program at Northeastern University allows students to accelerate their study by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.

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BS in Cell and Molecular Biology/MS in Biotechnology

The MS in Biotechnology is an innovative graduate program designed to allow students to pursue advanced training and excel in science while simultaneously developing highly valued business skills.

BS in Biochemistry

The biochemistry program combines the principles of biology and chemistry, as underpinned by mathematics and physics, to address the core concepts developed by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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BS in Biochemistry/MS in Biotechnology

A PlusOne degree program can accelerate receipt of a graduate degree and reduce its cost, since in most cases, a PlusOne degree student can earn a graduate degree with only one additional year of study beyond the Bachelor’s.

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BS in Biochemistry/MS in Chemistry

The PlusOne Program at Northeastern University allows students to accelerate their study by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in an intensive five-year period of study including significant research experience.

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BS in Behavioral Neuroscience

The behavioral neuroscience program combines the disciplines of biology and psychology to appreciate the scope of behavior and then understand how the behavior of humans and animals is controlled by physiological systems.

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Combined Majors

The Department of Biology offers several options for combined majors.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Department of Biology supports an REU site which focuses on interdisciplinary research across biological levels.


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