Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Undergraduate Minor

Program Delivery


Locations Available

Rindge, New Hampshire

Your major in Biology gives you the tools to study the living organisms and ecosystems that drive many of the most pressing issues of our time. In a world of changing climate, expanding (and aging) populations and shrinking natural resources, understanding the living beings on our planet has never been more critical. With your B.S. or B.A. in Biology, you can seek work in laboratory, classroom, office or field environments and look forward to consistent job and salary growth.

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What Makes Our Biology Program Different?

You can gain valuable experience through opportunities at Franklin Pierce to:

  • Work on biomedical research funded by the National Institutes of Health
  • Conduct environmental fieldwork on our 1,200-acre Rindge campus with woods, fields, ponds, trails, wetlands and wildlife
  • Study tropical forest ecology in Costa Rica
  • Participate in Health Sciences Club or Environmental Club
  • Participate in Sigma Zeta, the National Science and Mathematics Honor Society

What Can I Do With a Biology Degree?

Graduates with a Biology major can go on to study at a medical school, conduct cutting-edge research, and teach high school science classes. You may also choose to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Master of Physician's Assistant Studies (MPAS) or Master’s Entry Program in Nursing. Franklin Pierce biology graduates have gone on to enjoy careers and internships with such companies as:

  • Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Pfizer
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • American Cancer Society


What do Biology students Learn?

You will learn core concepts in biology, chemistry and physics, as well as scientific methods and experimental design. You will master field and laboratory techniques, as well as scientific writing and communication skills.

  • BI101 Biology I (laboratory)
  • BI102 Biology II (laboratory)
  • CH101 General Chemistry I (laboratory)
  • CH102 General Chemistry II (laboratory)
  • GLE101 First Year Inquiry Seminar
  • GLE110 First Year Composition I
  • Math First of two required mathematics courses
  • _______ Additional Major, GLE and/or Free Elective(s)

  • BI211 Genetics (laboratory)
  • BI241 Evolutionary Biology OR
  • BI218 Ecology (laboratory)
  • BI215 Biology and Health Sciences Seminar
  • BI___ Biology Elective (Bachelor of Science Track)
  • CH211 Organic Chemistry I
  • (Bachelor of Science Track)
  • CH212 Organic Chemistry II
  • GLE120 First Year Composition II
  • _______ Additional Major, GLE and/or Free Elective(s)

  • BI312 Cellular Biology
  • BI235 Microbiology (laboratory) OR
  • PH101 General Physics I (Bachelor of Science Track)
  • PH102 General Physics II (Bachelor of Science Track)
  • _______ Additional Major, GLE and/or Free Elective(s)

  • BI460 Internship in Biology/Health Sciences or
  • BI480 Senior Seminar in Biology/Health Sciences or
  • Invited Senior Research
  • _______ Additional Major, GLE and/or Free Elective(s)

*Please refer to the Academic Catalog for full listing of elective options

  • BI217 Tropical Forest Ecology
  • BI231 Animal Behavior
  • BI235 Human Health and Nutrition
  • BI250 Introduction to Plant Biology
  • BI260 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BI261 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BI312 Vertebrate Biology
  • BI319 Cellular Biology
  • BI325 Microbiology
  • BI326 Parasitology
  • BI327 Principles of Immunology
  • BI337 Advanced Nutrition
  • BI351 Endocrinology
  • BI370 Medical Terminology and Health Systems
  • BI375 Mammalogy
  • BI400 Kinesiology
  • BI402 Physiology of Exercise
  • BI403 Assessment and Prescription of Fitness
  • BI404 Strength and Conditioning
  • BI430 Forest Ecology
  • ES320 Wildlife Ecology and Protection
  • ES342 Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • PS304 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PS430 Introduction to Psychopharmacology

Who should Study Biology?

You’ll find this major a good fit if you have or want to develop the ability to:

  • Conduct and clearly explain scientific research
  • Plan and execute biological experiments
  • Think critically, analyze and interpret data
  • Work independently and collaborate with teams