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Welcome to the Department of Biology

UMass Boston's Department of Biology in the College of Science and Mathematics offers dynamic curricula, research opportunities, and mentoring at the undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. levels. Our integrative programs foster a deep understanding of biology at the levels of molecules, cells, organisms, and ecosystems. 

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About Our Department

Biology is the natural sciences discipline concerned with the study of living organisms; their genetic, cellular, and physiological functions; their development; their evolution; and their interaction with each other and the environment. UMass Boston’s Department of Biology is a vibrant, collaborative research and teaching community. The faculty of the department have diverse interests and experiences that span a wide range of disciplines within the biological sciences, conduct cutting-edge research, and are committed teachers. The undergraduate curricula of the Biology and Biochemistry majors emphasize hands-on practical and laboratory experience, foster critical thinking, and offer numerous opportunities for engagement in research in the life sciences. The department also sponsors multiple research-driven Ph.D. and Masters-level graduate programs, including with other departments on campus.

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Alexa MacPherson
Office: W-3-21
Telephone: 617.287.6600
Fax: 617.287.6650