Biology Degree Information

Conduct Research Sponsored by a Grant From the National Institutes of Health

Study living organisms through environmental fieldwork on the 1,200-acre Rindge campus including lakeshores, woods, wetlands, meadows, and other important wildlife habitats. Or Study in Costa Rica, working alongside your professors to better understand tropical forest ecology. You can even conduct biomedical research sponsored by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, to understand the genetic control of fungal infections, the molecular mechanisms of retinal development, the effects of opiod addiction on brain structure, and impacts of exercise on the cardiovascular, respiratory, and muscular systems.

Graduates of the Biology major — you can pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree — go on to study at medical school, conduct cutting-edge research on developing viruses, and teach high school science classes. You may also choose to continue your education at Franklin Pierce and earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) or Master of Physician's Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree.

A major and minor are offered in Biology. 

BEST Scholars ProgramThe BEST Scholars Program provides unique opportunities for qualified students to thrive in an intensive learning community, supported by scholarships funded through the National Science Foundation. 
Study in Costa Rica

Education extends beyond the classroom. Enroll in Tropical Forest Ecology (BI 217) and take a two-week trip in June to three field sites in Costa Rica.

Sigma Zeta

You have the opportunity to join Franklin Pierce's chapter of the National Science and Mathematics Honor Society if you meet national requirements for induction.

Health Sciences Club

This educational club will provide you with knowledge in the world of Health Sciences, along with helping you develop contacts and opportunities in this career field.

  • Craig Weeks always wanted to be a doctor and attended Franklin Pierce University because he wanted smaller classes and loved the campus. His academics and internship experiences guided him to the Doctor of Medicine Program at St. George's University after graduating from Pierce.

    Craig Weeks '06 

    Doctor of Medicine Student, St. George's University 

  • Brianna Nash '10

    "My colleagues and I come from the industries we serve, enabling us to understand job requirements on a deeper level than others in the industry. I myself have a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Franklin Pierce and am able to use my experiences and background knowledge from the life sciences to relate to the candidates I speak with and build trust."

    Brianna Nash '10

    Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Technology, and Digital Marketing Search Consultant at HireMinds 

  • Megan Heaney '16

    Recent graduate Megan Heaney tells how her education and internship opportunities at Franklin Pierce University helped her grow in her major and career goals.

    Megan Heaney '16 

    Ph.D. Candidate at the University at Buffalo 

Sample Career Opportunities
Franklin Pierce 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


Our dedicated faculty are at the heart of providing academic instruction and a Pierce education. Learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and their areas of study.

Natural Sciences Faculty Bios

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Want to Know More?

Download the Biology Program SheetDownload a 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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