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Husson’s Biology degree focuses on student interests and talents. The foundations of the program include an examination of the commonalities of all living things, including: molecular structure, cell structure and heredity, and an appreciation for the diversity of life, including: the evolution of plants and animals, community structure, and ecosystem function. Laboratory courses are provided in modern, well-equipped multi-disciplinary teaching laboratories. Field studies involving plants, animals, and marine communities are also included.



Biology Majors Determine Their Own Path

After these foundations of biology have been instilled in our biology majors, they are free to explore  areas of biology that are of interest to them. Husson University has a particularly strong collection of courses that explore the human organism in both clinical and purely biological contexts (neurobiology, nutrition, health and wellness, exercise physiology, and pathophysiology). This ensures that students in the bachelors in biology program have a firm foundation and are prepared for more intensive research opportunities. Students have the option of completing a biology degree with a concentration in Biochemistry or Environmental Science.

The senior year presents a special opportunity for our biology majors.  Each biology major completes a senior thesis project, a process that occurs over one summer and two semesters. Our program is distinct from other biology programs in that students are free to explore their own individual interests in biology and encouraged to gain hands-on experience by working with researchers and professionals in the community. For those students who are interested in ecological studies, Husson's faculty-led research primarily involves the ecology of forest songbirds. For students with a serious interest in molecular biology, Husson students have the opportunity to pursue internships at nearby biotechnology laboratories, including The Jackson Laboratory, a world-class genetics institute in Bar Harbor.

A Unique Experience for the Biology Major

The Husson Biology program is small, with a limited number of students present in the senior seminar and majors-only classes. This individualized attention enhances learning and builds team-spirit within the major. The program prepares students for the immediate world of work as well as for graduate and professional school.

Biology Minor

We also offer a minor in Biology, requiring the completion of six additional courses. (They may not be biology courses)

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Donald Withers, PhD Donald Withers, PhD
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217 Peabody Hall
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Bangor, Maine 04401