Bachelor of Science in Biology

B.S. in Biology, Major

Our Bachelor of Science in Biology curriculum is designed to provide you with a strong science foundation, with depth in life science, and multidisciplinary support in chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Did you know that Merrimack also offers a Bachelor of Arts 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.

Career Options

Our B.S. in biology degree prepares you to enter numerous career paths.  Some of our graduates have worked in the following positions:

  • Analyst, Charles River Laboratories
  • Bacteriologist, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Medical Technologist, Quest Diagnostics
  • Middle School Science Teacher, Arlington, MA
  • Political Director, Massachusetts Republican Committee
  • Product Manager, Agilent Technologies
  • Research Coordinator, Saudi Ministry of Health, Riyadh
  • Senior Imaging Core Technician, Wyss Institute, Harvard University
  • Senior Program Manager, Genzyme
  • Senior Scientist, Pfizer, Inc.

Biology also prepares you to enter graduate school. Many of our graduates have moved on to professional programs in the health professions and are doctors, dentists, veterinarians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and pharmacists. We are committed to advising you if you are interested in pursuing graduate school and also partner with the O’Brien Center for Career Development.


Courses You’ll Take

B.S. Biology Curriculum


B.S. Biology 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