Biology Department

We specialize in the Student to Scientist Transition

Students in our Biology major have a distinct advantage by choosing Westfield State. They are mentored throughout their education by hands-on faculty who are experts in many biology disciplines and can guide students in the direction of their curiosity and ambition.

All of our biology students are involved in undergraduate research, which gives them a distinct advantage in graduate school and careers. Students publish and present at conferences and are active on campus through the biology club, and professional development events where they meet biology alumni. We have state of the art labs, work spaces between the labs and faculty offices to encourage communication, and wheels on the tables and chairs to further encourage collaboration! Learn about the Biology Department's Mission and Vision.

  • Undergraduate research is a requirement 
  • We host a charter of the national biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta 
  • You begin relevant course work and are in the labs from your first semester 
  • Our independent research students have 24-hour access to labs 
  • The biology major can be customized to prepare you for careers or medical/graduate school in a variety of disciplines including medicine, veterinary, biotechnology, ecology, and teaching.
  • Compassionate and accomplished faculty
  • Low student to faculty ratios
  • Nationally recognized by the Bachelors Degree Center for our tuition cost, alumni salary and student satisfaction.  
  • Opportunities for experience out of the classroom through internships, field trips, and community outreach.  

Department Spotlight

When Jarrod Petersen '19 approached Westfield State Biology Department's Dr. Jason Ramsay to do research, he wasn't sure what to do.




Student using microscope

Our Students

Undergraduate Enrollment

Graduate Enrollment

Department Announcements

Student Resources

377 course descriptions

Research courses offered by the Biology Department

Degree Requirements

Common core and major requirements

STEM Tutoring

Find Your Path To STEM Success

Student Portfolios

Requirements for your portfolio

Career Opportunities

Learn why you should earn a degree in Biology

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge, skills, and communication

Student Handbook

Useful info as you complete your Biology degree

Wilson Greenhouses

Photo gallery

Working Alone Information

Independent study procedures


Biology Curriculum Committee

Member list and additional info

Laboratory Safety

Guidelines for laboratory and studio safety

Important Documents


Here are just a few career occupations that our recent graduates have entered. View a complete list of career opportunities.

  • Microbiology
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Nursing
  • Fish & Wildlife Ecologist
  • Pharmacy
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Physician's Assistant

Clubs & Organizations

  • Biology Club

    The Biology Club affords an opportunity for students of the biological sciences.