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"My academic experience at MCLA has been extremely fulfilling," she said. "The professors are incredibly educated and influential.  MCLA provides a small enough classroom atmosphere where I am able to acquaint myself with my peers and form relationships with my professors.  Elizabeth Pitroff '16


Biology at MCLA

The Department of Biology offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in biology. The curriculum is built upon four foundational courses; Intro to Biology, Botany, Genetics, and Zoology - that explore biology from the molecular and cellular level to the level of populations and ecosystems. You will seek to understand the origin, evolution, and physiological mechanisms of all forms of life. Advanced courses let you pursue your areas of interest. Upon completion of their program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand fundamental concepts in the discipline
  • Write a lab report to communicate the findings of a scientific experiment
  • Design an experiment to test a hypothesis
  • Find and analyze primary literature in the field
  • Demonstrate appropriate technical skills in the laboratory
  • Analyze data with appropriate statistical analysis

You can major either in Traditional Biology or Athletic Training. If you major in Traditional Biology, you optionally can pursue one of the following concentrations:

Pre-Professional Studies 

Allied Health

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy


Medical Technology


Why MCLA is Different

You are strongly encouraged to participate in independent research with an MCLA faculty member or in another research setting, and to present your work at MCLA's Undergraduate Research Conference or at regional and national scientific meetings. Research provides an invaluable opportunity to use the scientific method to explore biological questions in depth. Research opportunities, combined with broad-based liberal arts coursework, provide a well-rounded experience that prepares you to make informed career choices. Our graduates pursue many different career paths, including doctoral programs in the natural and life sciences, and health science related professions such as Physician Assistants, medical technology, and athletic training. If you want to teach, you can pursue early childhood, elementary, or middle school teacher licensure.

Biology We are excited to present several awards to our stellar students annually. Read more about the awards you can earn.

Our classrooms extend beyond campus to natural habitats including the Hoosac Watershed and local forests, parks, and lakes. And the Biology Club lets you experience biology through trips to places such as the New England Aquarium, and the National Zoo and Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.  

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Student Learning Outcomes of Academic Programs

Dr. Ann Billetz, Biology Department Chair