Biology Major

The Major in Biology is designed to educate students in both the breadth of subject matter encompassed by the biological sciences and the rapidly advancing knowledge at the forefront of this discipline.

Ideal for

Students interested in all aspects of biology


3-4 years


Professor Jennifer Fox

The Biology major is perfect for me because it allows me to explore a variety of interests within the field, ranging from genetics to ecology and molecular biology. With a diversity of classes, professors, and research opportunities, the major has prepared me to enter any field of biological study and helped me discover my passion for genetics research.

Finn Thompson, COL ’22

About the Major

A group of students sitting together on the steps of a building on the Georgetown campus.

The Biology Major provides a comprehensive perspective on all aspects of our biological world, including ecology, evolutionary systems, behavior, genetics, microbiology, molecular and cellular biology, immunology, developmental biology, and neurobiology. All students begin their program as Biology majors.

Build Your Experience

Undergraduate students in a lab writing down notes. They are wearing PPE and microscopes and vials can be seen on the table.

The inclusion of a RISE (Research Intensive Senior Experience) project allows the student to have the experience of basic or medical research, ecological or computational research, teaching and researching pedagogy, or research in conjunction with an internship. Students can start research in the junior year and apply tutorial research for course credit.

Career Path

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The Biology Major is a strong platform from which to embark on a multitude of paths including graduate and medical school, as well as careers served by having a foundational understanding of biological systems, such as in education, science policy, scientific writing, healthcare, law, and drug development.