Program Overview

Biology is the science of life and study of living organisms.
At Alverno you can work side-by-side with professors on research, gain inter-disciplinary skills, build confidence as a female biologist and explore real-world work opportunities before graduation.
That’s important because today’s workplace is not one-dimensional, so biologists are expected to communicate effectively, work with others collaboratively and solve problems creatively.

What sparks your curiosity?
If you love animals and plants, being out in nature, or the excitement of scientific research, you may be a biologist at heart. Everything from DNA in the nucleus of a cell, to medicine, animal behavior or the ways humans affect the environment – it all comes back to biology.

Biology at Alverno: Up close and personal
Other colleges may tell you about life as a biologist, but at Alverno, you’ll experience it firsthand. You’ll work alongside professors who will personally guide you through rigorous coursework, provide opportunities to participate with industry conferences and expose you to meaningful co-curricular activities. Not only that, you’ll graduate with a semester-long internship, meaning you’ll have real-world experience even before your diploma is in-hand.

That’s just the start!
What really sets Alverno’s Biology program apart is a program that’s reflective of the world in which you’ll work. Professionals in the field are required to communicate effectively, think critically and problem-solve easily – all skills students master as a result of Alverno’s world-renowned abilities-based curriculum.

Make an impact
Women are often underrepresented in biology: Are you ready to change that? It can be hard for a woman to find her voice in this male-dominated industry, but our curriculum is specifically designed to help you build confidence as a female leader in the field of biology.

Internships for the new biologist
Alverno has partnerships with more than 2,000 worksites, so you’ll have a better chance at connecting with a site that meets your career goals. Your internship enhances everything learned in class, giving you the hands-on experience of a working biologist. Plus, you’ll make important career connections with local professionals. Thanks to the career-ready skills they learn in class, Alverno interns are in high demand and stand out among their peers.

How you can use your degree
Many Alverno biology graduates go on to medical, dental, veterinary and graduate school, while others begin their careers right away in research, industry or teaching. No matter what you choose to pursue after graduation, you’ll be in the perfect position to lead the way.


Have questions about studying Biology at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty to learn more.

Amal El-Sheikh
Biology Professor