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Welcome to the Department of Biology!

Merrimack’s Biology Major provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education in the biological and life sciences.

The degree program offers students a wide range of opportunities to explore biology in a student-centered environment.  We are a growing and dynamic Department preparing students to successfully meet the challenges and opportunities in the life sciences.  Our vision is to offer a nationally recognized undergraduate program in Biology within the context of a strong liberal arts education.

The Department of Biology provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education offering breadth and depth of study in the biological sciences, including cellular and molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, physiology, organismal biology, ecology, behavior and evolution. The curriculum emphasizes the process of science through inquiry-based experiential learning and accomplishment in laboratory and field courses, faculty-mentored research, and a host of co-curricular opportunities.A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology is offered. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Biology major offers the option of program concentrations for students interested in Cell and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, in Integrative Biology (including pre-med, pre-veterinary, and pre-dental programs), or in Ecology and Behavioral Biology.  Students also have the option to craft their own focal group of courses by choosing any 5 upper level classes in crafting their own customized concentration. 

Students also have the opportunity to minor in a field that complements their studies in Biology, such as Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies and Sustainability or Business. Individual advisement assists students with course selection, course sequencing and career planning.

Come and Explore ‘Life’ at Merrimack College!

We offer:

  • A strong inquiry-based curriculum with breadth and depth in the life sciences and with multidisciplinary support in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
  • Outstanding faculty expertise in research, real-world applications, publications and education across the spectrum of biology
  • Small classes, especially in labs and upper level courses where students really get to know their professors in their multiple roles as teachers, research mentors and academic advisors
  • Opportunities for experiential learning that provide students with real world application of knowledge and skills obtained from course work and to develop new knowledge base and skill sets in the life sciences; we offer high quality curricular and co-curricular options including Directed Study/Research; Internships; Cooperative Programs; Global Field Studies; the Marine Studies Consortium; Study Abroad, Summer Undergraduate Research Institute; and a campus chapter of Sigma Xi


“Welcome to the Department of Biology at Merrimack College.  What a great time to study and become a biologist!  In our small and hands-on classes, we get to know you, and through our integrated curriculum, we challenge you to read, write, talk about, think critically about, and most importantly do biological science.  Merrimack offers you a wide range of options in your pursuit of becoming a biologist.  Our interdisciplinary biotechnology program provides you with a comprehensive exposure to molecular/cell biology, gene discovery, bioinformatics, molecular modeling, and drug design and synthesis, readying you for careers in the Boston “Gene-Town” biotechnology industry, graduate programs, and beyond.  Our integrative biology concentration primes you for more medically-oriented careers (e.g., physician, physician’s assistant, veterinarian, nursing, pharmacy), providing wide experience in physiology, biochemistry, development/reproduction, immunology, and more. Our concentration in ecology and behavioral biology offers you hands-on and field-based experiences in ecology, evolution, global field studies, animal behavior, marine biology and conservation and restoration biology.  You also have the option to customize your own concentration.  Our EPA, NSF, and NIH grant award winning faculty and our dedicated staff are devoted to your individual development as scholars, biologists, scientists, and citizens.  Check out our website and please come for a visit to our Department, and we will personally show you how much we have to offer!”

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- Jon Lyon, Ph.D. Professor and Chair

For More Information Please Contact:
Dr. Jon Lyon
Chair, Department of Biology
(978) 837-5280
lyonj@merrimack.edu