Biology, B.S.

Explore your many options as an undergraduate biology major

As a Biology major, you have numerous opportunities to engage in firsthand research and work alongside professional scientists.

Contemplating a career in the health professions or biomedical sciences? USJ’s outstanding Biology curriculum offers courses in the fields of ecology, biotechnology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, zoology, plant biology, and more.

Understanding research, writing proposals and reports, and presenting research information to others are all components that are threaded throughout our curriculum. Qualified students may work with our faculty in laboratory or field research projects. Among the University’s ten laboratories are the refurbished Biology labs, designed to enhance the research and learning opportunities for both the University and professional communities.

What kind of faculty/student research projects can you do in the fields of science while at USJ, even beginning your first year? Watch Assistant Professor of Biology Carol Millard, ’91 and Leandra Gillett ’22 share their research, here.

If you qualify, you can move through our Accelerated Master of Biology program, participate in our pre-pharmacy plan of study, or move right into a physical therapy doctoral program through a dual degree program with the University of Hartford.

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Please use this academic map as a reference guide. Academic advisors are always available to discuss the required courses depending on each student’s needs.


This is a pathway using courses and curricula in the existing and approved Biology B.S. program for students to earn their degree in 3.5 years.

This shortened timeframe will save time to degree, costs, and be able to focus on the next steps whether it is to attend a graduate program, medical program, or move into the workforce.

To be successful in this timeframe students that attempt this accelerated timeframe should have a strong high school GPA. Those students that matriculate with AP courses will also find the workload less rigorous and also taking some courses during summer can allow for more flexibility to take other courses you would like to explore.

The program’s plan of study will satisfy most medical, including physician’s assistant programs, and graduate school requirements.

Experiential Learning Highlight

USJ’s Aquatic Science labs traveled to Hammonassett Beach State Park in CT to learn about three shoreline habitats:
salt marsh, rocky intertidal, and sandy beach.


Internships and Career Opportunities

Students have interned at renowned corporations and research centers home to CT including Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory, Pfizer Laboratories, the University of Connecticut Health Center and Medical School, Connecticut Children’s Hospital, and Brookhaven National Laboratories. Potential careers in health care and business include pharmaceutical research and sales, physician, dentist, physical therapist, and more.


Finish your degree early in 3.5 years and qualify for our accelerated master’s program in Biology to jumpstart your career in the ever-changing fields of science.

Clubs and Organizations

Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honors Society (Tribeta) |
Pre-Health Professions Club |
Pre-Pharmacy Club |
Public Health Society

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Irene Reed, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Biology
Phone: 860.231.5768
Email: [email protected]

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