Bachelor of Arts in Biology

B.A. in Biology, Major

At Merrimack College, our Bachelor of Arts in Biology curriculum is designed to offer you the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of courses offered in biology while also leaving room for a second major or minors. 

With less cognate course requirements, you can connect your biology degree to other liberal arts majors. You may pursue a minor or second major in fields such as education, business, communications, political science, environmental studies, psychology, history, sociology, philosophy and computer science.

Did you know that Merrimack also offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology?

What You’ll Learn

Biology is the core life science program. We provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education offering courses in cellular and molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, physiology, organismal biology, animal behavior, plant biology and physiology, ecology and evolution.

Hands-On Learning

Our curriculum emphasizes experiential learning where you learn by doing. Opportunities include:

  • The HHMI SEA PHAGES global research consortium integrated into freshman and sophomore laboratories. This unique research-based curriculum investigates bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) biology and evolution.
  • Directed studies and faculty-mentored research.
  • Internships and global field studies.

We also have a long-term partnership with Pfizer where our students may work alongside world-class scientists who are developing innovative, cutting-edge solutions to today’s problems. Students have worked in the Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics, and Metabolism arm of the company and some have researched engineering cells to create purified proteins for therapeutic purposes.

Graduate School Advising

Interested in graduate school? Our graduate student advisor will help you prepare and apply. We also partner with the O’Brien Center for Career Development in helping students prepare for graduate study.

Career Options

A B.A. in biology with a co-major can lead to many rewarding career paths in politics, education, communication and more. Many of our graduates are middle school and high school science teachers. Other graduates are science writers and journalists in the public and private sectors, technical sales representatives in the biotech and pharma industries, and directors and advisors to public and private environmental agencies and community advocacy groups.

Students should note that, unlike the B.S. program, the B.A. program does not, by itself, fulfill medical school requirements.


Courses You’ll Take

B.A. Biology Curriculum


B.A. Biology Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements To see more details about the major, please visit

Sample Curriculum Guide

Wondering when you’ll take certain courses? Use the Curriculum Guide—a sample four-year schedule—to get a sense of what your path to graduation looks like.