Biology encompasses the study of all living things, from cells and molecules to organisms and ecosystems. Wheaton biology majors conduct and present research, guided by expert faculty members, in well-equipped facilities. A rooftop greenhouse filled with diverse plants and on-campus woodlands are living labs for students, especially those interested in ecology and botany. A biology major provides a solid foundation for medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary school, as well a range of master’s and Ph.D. programs. If you’re interested in the health professions, Wheaton’s pre-med advising program will keep you on the right track.
- Biology Major Major
- Biology MinorMinor
97% of Biology majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *
Sample First Jobs
Biological Technician, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Clinical Research Technologist, Boston Children’s Hospital
Health Informatics Program Assistant, University of New England
Research Technician, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Veterinary Assistant, North Country Veterinary Clinic
Sample Graduate Schools
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Texas
*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 64% for the classes of 2014-2018
The Research Experience
The Biology Department’s Research Experience course (BIO 200: RE) is an intensive lab course that allows students to engage in authentic scientific research. Multiple sections are taught each semester, with each focusing on the area of expertise of the faculty instructor. As scientists, students will join in the common aspects of all scientific research: inquiry, hypothesis formation, experimental design, data collection, analysis, and build your scientific communication skills. Students will pursue an unanswered scientific question and become a producer of scientific knowledge, not just a consumer! This course fulfills both a requirement for the Biology major and can also fulfill the Sophomore Experience criteria.
The WheaGo Global First-Semester Study Abroad program kick-starts your college career in one of the world’s great cities, immersed in an exciting cultural adventure and focused on your top academic interests.
First semester study in Switzerland
Combine time in the lab with explorations of the stunning environment and fascinating culture of southern Switzerland at Franklin University.
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Alumna mycologist presents lecture on fungi
Mycologist, taxonomist and educator Patricia “Patty” presented the Ladonna Heaton Schulman ’57 Alumnae/i Lecture on October 6 in the Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center Dedicated to Free Speech and Innovation. Her visit also included mushroom hunting with students in Wheaton Woods.