Biology & Society

The Biology & Society major is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to combine the study of the biological sciences with courses that explore the social and ethical aspects of modern biology. In addition to gaining a foundation in biology, students in the major acquire background in the social dimensions of modern biology and in the biological dimensions of contemporary social issues. The major is open to students in two colleges: Arts & Sciences and Agriculture and Life Sciences. The major is suitable for students seeking careers in law, medicine, public health, public policy, business, research and academia.

Sample classes

  • Ethical Issues in Health and Medicine
  • Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • Ethics and Environment
  • Plagues and People


All information below is based on the 2022 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive; rather, they are a sampling of the data. If you would like more information, please email

What can you do with a degree in Biology & Society?

Graduate school:

In 2022, 19% of biology and society majors embarked on their graduate school journeys. They pursued various advanced degrees, with 18% focusing on their MS, 15% working towards an MH, 12% dedicated to a JD, and more. Their graduate field interest ranges from Public Health (15%) to Law (12%), Medicine (9%), and Nursing (9%).

These ambitious individuals have chosen to continue their education at prestigious institutions like Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the California Institute of Technology.


70% of biology and society graduates secured employment, and the majority entered sectors in human healthcare services (30%), education (18%), and consulting/professional practice (18%). Mount Sinai Health System and Weill Cornell Medicine were the top 2022 employers.

Where 2022 Biology & Society Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Research Data Specialist
Harvard Eye Associates Ophthalmic Assistant
Massachusetts General Hosptial Clinical Research Coordinator
Mount Sinai Health System Clinical Research Coordinator
Mount Sinai Health System Patient Service Representative
SQZ Biotechnologies Quality Assurance Associate
Tufts Medical Center Clinical Research Coordinator