The Biology Department 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 into one of the following concentrations: general biology, wildlife biology, environmental biology, biotechnology, biomedical science, biology secondary education or pre-professional concentration for those who would like to pursue a graduate education in human or animal health.
In addition, 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 department is also involved with two interdisciplinary programs offered by the University. The Neuroscience minor is sponsored in conjunction with the Department of Psychology and Philosophy. There is also a new Environmental Science major, provided by the Biology and Geography departments. The Biology department also offers several General Education Courses on a variety of topics, including plants, marine organisms, human biology and human genetics for non-Biology majors.
Dr. Aline Davis examining hearts with students in her laboratory.