Research lies at the heart of the graduate experience at Boston College. Graduate students work directly with faculty in their labs while continuing their education. Current areas of faculty scholarship and expertise include Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Infectious Disease, and Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Within these areas of study the department offers a program of study leading to a Ph.D. For more information about faculty research visit the Research page. The Biology department also offers state-of-the-art research laboratories and core-research support facilities, including confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, and FACS facilities.
A Master's degree is only offered through a 5-year BS/MS program for current undergraduate students.
Associate Director, Administrative & Graduate Services
Higgins Hall 355C
Charles Hoffman, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director
Higgins Hall 401B
Department of Biology
Higgins Hall 355
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Learning outcomes for students who complete a Ph.D. in Biology include being able to:
- Conduct original, publishable research in a field of Biology.
- Formulate a novel research question and design the experiments required to make advances in the field.
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of theory and research in several areas of Biology and an in-depth knowledge of a specific area of expertise.
- Display an understanding of the ethical guidelines for biological research and be able to follow such guidelines.
- Communicate the findings of their research both orally and in writing to professional and lay audiences.