Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at Framingham State University offers students a broad spectrum of courses in Biology. Course offerings include topics in cellular biology, molecular biology, organismal biology, physiology, botany, marine biology, ecology, evolution, and environmental science. Students have the opportunity to focus their course of study in one of the following concentrations:


In addition to regular course work, every Biology major participates in an intensive two-semester research program. Through first-hand experience, students come to understand the scientific process and appreciate the complexity and diversity of biological systems. This research experience also gives the students invaluable training in scientific writing, data analysis and oral presentation skills.

The Biology minor may be elected by non-Biology majors when biology course work would complement the major program.  The Department also participates in two interdisciplinary programs offered by the University: the new Environmental Science major co-sponsored by the Biology and Geography Departments, and a Neuroscience minor sponsored in conjunction with the Department of Psychology and Philosophy. For non-science majors the Department offers several general education courses on a variety of topics including human biology, marine organisms, plants, and environmental issues.

News and Announcements
Faculty News, Spring 2014: Dr. Brandi Van Roo and Dr. Margaret Carroll received a $3,980.00 fellowship grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. The FSU application was one of 34 chosen out of 112 reviewed. Drs. Van Roo and Carroll will use the grant to support costs for a Field Study course in Costa Rica.

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