Undergraduate Programs

Tufts University has an historical tradition of outstanding teaching and a strong focus on undergraduate education. The research mission of the university was developed in that context and has never been separated from it. Tufts combines the close-knit community of a teaching college with the multiple opportunities available at a research university.

In an era of accelerated specialization, the Tufts Biology Department is unusual in providing a broad and comprehensive approach to study and research in the biosciences. Biochemists, developmental biologists and immunologists interact daily with ecologists, evolutionary biologists and conservation biologists in a single unified department. Because technological, environmental, and social challenges of the future will transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, Tufts also encourages education and research that are interdisciplinary. By completing a biology degree in our department, students will acquire foundational skills to carry with them beyond Tufts.

Explore the different requirements for the Biology department’s undergraduate majors. Our goal is to help our undergraduates make the transition from the relatively passive role as student consumer of knowledge to the intellectually active role of colleague and generator of new knowledge. We recognize that different students will make this transition at different points in their academic careers and we are committed to helping ALL our students achieve this goal. Students enjoy small classes and research opportunities to work closely with faculty. 

BS in Biology

The biology major consists of eleven courses, including two courses in chemistry or physics and nine biology courses.

BS in Biochemistry

Intended for those with an interest in the chemistry of living systems. Sixteen courses required.

BA/BS in Biopsychology

Biopsychology is an interdepartmental major for students particularly interested in neurobiology and behavior. Ten courses of 3 semester-hour units or more required.

BA/BS in Biotechnology (co-major)

Biotechnology has applications in a number of diverse fields, including recent growth in gene and cell therapies, protein and tissue engineering, bioprocessing, bioinformatics and synthetic biology.

Environmental Studies Program

The Environmental Studies Program offers majors and minors for students interested in improving and protecting the environment, while promoting sound social and economic development.

Fifth-Year Master’s Degree Program: BS/MS in Biology

The Biology Department offers exceptional Tufts undergraduate Biology majors the option of earning a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in five years.

Minor in Biotechnology

The biotechnology minor consists of five courses of 3 semester-hour credits (SHUs).


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