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You’ll start off in this major by taking the core requirements like genetics and molecular cell biology, but soon enough you’ll be moving on to more advanced work in areas like neurobiology and microbiology. Our classes and labs are taught by faculty, not graduate students. There are many opportunities to join faculty research projects, and our major includes all prerequisite courses for medical, dental, or pharmacy degrees. Laboratories are inquiry-based and classes promote a deeper curiosity about life’s processes. The small class sizes mean you will develop strong connections with your professors and receive the attention you need to get the most value out of your coursework.

Our top-notch equipment and facilities give you access to tools like fluorescence microscopes, a tissue culture facility, and thermal cyclers. You’ll use these—and others—in onsite research projects with your professor or as part of a collaborative project at the UConn Health Center. You could have the opportunity to present at a national conference, like the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting.

Get hands-on experience in a practical setting by doing clinical work at Hartford Hospital or St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Publish work co-authored with faculty or dive into an honors thesis research project. At UHart, you can really practice what you’re learning in the classroom.

Our graduates have established rewarding careers as physicians, medical technicians, dentists, and veterinarians. Our faculty provide close guidance throughout your time at our University, helping you choose your path and make career choices. The support you get at the University of Hartford will set you up for success.


Bachelor of Arts in Biology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is designed to offer students a broad background in the biological sciences, permitting more electives than the BS program. Biology electives allow students to pursue a variety of specific interests that may lead to positions in government, industry, environmental fields, teaching, and healthcare professions.

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Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program also provides interested students with a broad approach to biology but requires a more comprehensive background in mathematics and the natural sciences. The BS program is recommended for students planning to enter medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, and related professional schools such as osteopathy. The BS program is also recommended for students planning to attend graduate school and pursue a research career.

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Bachelor of Science in Biology Pre-Pharmacy agreement with the University of St. Joseph

The University of Hartford, in conjunction with the University of St. Joseph Pharmacy School, offers a path to earn both a BS in biology and PharmD degree in six years. 

Students who expect to transition from the BS in biology to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at St. Joseph’s University should discuss this option with their adviser and the chair of the Biology Department as soon as they arrive on campus, as there are particular courses students must complete to be eligible for matriculation at St. Joseph’s.

Eligible students must apply for admission to the St. Joseph’s program during the summer before junior year. Students accepted into the Pharmacy Program at St. Joseph’s will complete their requirements for the BS in biology at St. Joseph’s during their senior year as they begin their pharmacy coursework. The BS degree is awarded after the first completed year at the University of St. Joseph. For more information about the program’s requirements, please consult with the chair of the Biology Department.

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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry-Biology

This Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program provides heavy involvement in both disciplines and is designed mainly for students planning careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other health science fields, or for those who plan to do graduate work in biochemistry or biology. Students are advised to concentrate in one or both fields by completing, in addition to the core program, the requirement for a baccalaureate degree in at least one of the disciplines.

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