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Biological Sciences, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
South Hadley, MA, United States
The Bachelor in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College provides many ways of looking at living things. Core courses introduce complementary perspectives on life. Advanced courses bring students to the edge of what we know and provide a foundation for original work.
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Biology is the study of life. It is an integrative discipline encompassing topics ranging from molecules and cells to organs, organisms, and ecosystems. The Department of Biological Sciences at Mount Holyoke College offers students courses spanning this entire range. Students can also explore related interests through affiliated programs such as neuroscience and behavior or biochemistry.

Biology at Mount Holyoke operates within an interconnecting Science Center housing state-of-the-art facilities. The department has 12 full-time faculty whose research ranges from cytoskeletal dynamics during development and antiviral immune responses to AIDS, to the biomechanics of animal movement and invasive species ecology. Hands-on laboratory experience is central to our curriculum, and many of our students also engage in independent research with a faculty member before graduating.

Learning Goals

The Bachelor in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College goal in the Department of Biological Sciences is to stimulate students’ curiosity about the natural world and help them see themselves as scientists, whether they become biology majors or not. Our learning goals for the major are for students to develop fluency with four core concepts of biology: evolution by natural selection; the relationship between structure and function; information flow, exchange, and storage; and the interconnections between living things, and between living things and their environment. Students develop the abilities to closely observe natural phenomena, use evidence in scientific reasoning, and test their own hypotheses about the natural world. They develop biological literacy, following the trains of scientific discovery (and conflict) in the primary literature, and use quantitative methods—including statistics and modeling--to better understand natural phenomena.

Biology majors will explore the full range of the discipline and gain ample research and laboratory experience. Ultimately, they are provided with the foundations for success in diverse careers, including medicine, biotechnology, environmental conservation, and public policy.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Early Decision I
    • Early Decision II 
    • Regular Decision 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Nucleic Acids Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
  • Protein Biochemistry and Cellular Metabolism and Biochemistry 
  • Chemical Thermodynamics 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Submit the Common Application
  • SAT I, SAT II, and ACT test scores are optional, though you are welcome to submit them
  • If you are applying for financial aid, it is important to know the deadlines and what forms are required
  • Mount Holyoke strongly recommends scheduling an interview with an admission counselor or alumna representative prior to applying
  • If you have athletic talents, Mount Holyoke is happy to receive portfolios, tapes, slides, or videos that showcase your talent
    • If you have devoted a significant amount of time to art, dance, film, music, or theatre and you plan to continue it at Mount Holyoke as a major, you may submit examples of your work as a supplement to your application
    • Transcript Evaluation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Hadley

  • 1068 - 2220 USD/month
    Living Costs

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