A major is offered in Biology.
Minors are offered in Biology and General Science.

The Franklin Pierce Difference

Craig Weeks '06 with Dr. David
Craig Weeks '06 with Professor Harry Davis in the biology lab. In the summer before
his senior year, Craig completed a highly-competitive research internship in
immunology at the University of Georgia and the Centers for Disease Control in

The Biology Major and Minor at Franklin Pierce University offer a curriculum that reflects the complexity and diversity of the living world. Organisms are studied from several levels, from the structure of their DNA to their complex interactions with other species.

Graduates of the biology program understand the molecular and cellular basis of life, the relationship between biological structure and function, and the ecological roles of organisms within their environment.

Studying biology in a liberal arts context builds skills in communication, team-based projects and problem solving. This helps Franklin Pierce graduates make significant contributions to diverse fields that utilize the biological sciences. .

Course Details

The Biology Major provides students with the academic foundation for specialized studies at the graduate level or career entry upon graduation. This is accomplished through course flexibility that allows students to fulfill the entrance requirements of graduate and professional schools, or conclude their formal education with the Bachelor's Degree.

The primary distinction between these two approaches is the number and specificity of related courses in science and mathematics. All graduates of the program acquire basic informational content of the life sciences and the disciplined attitudes, methods and experiences of biological investigation.

I chose Franklin Pierce because it offered a biology / pre-health program in a liberal arts context. You can be a smart person filled with technical knowledge. But that doesn’t matter if you can’t communicate or find broader relevance in your work. The concepts I learned in the lab here have served me very well in a competitive environment.

— Craig Weeks, Class of 2006, Master’s Degree Candidate in Biochemistry, University of Rhode Island

Want to know more?

Program Sheet ThumbnailDownload an Biology Program Sheet to view on screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.


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Paul Kotila
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
B.S., M.S., Michigan Technological University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Rhine Singleton
Associate Professor of Environmental Science/Biology
B.A., University of Virginia
M.S., University of Oregon
Ph.D., Cornell University

Jacques Veilleux
Associate Professor of Biology/Environmental Science
B.S., Fitchburg State College
Ph.D., Indiana State University