Tufts University has an historical tradition of outstanding
teaching and a strong focus on undergraduate education. The research
mission of the university was developed in that context and has
never been separated from it. Thus, Tufts combines the close-knit
community of a teaching college with the multiple opportunities
available at a research university.
In an era of accelerated specialization, the Tufts Biology
Department is unusual in providing a broad and comprehensive
approach to study and research in the biosciences. Biochemists,
developmental biologists and immunologists interact daily with
ecologists, evolutionary biologists and conservation biologists in a
single unified department. Because technological, environmental, and
social challenges of the future will transcend traditional
disciplinary boundaries, Tufts also encourages education and
research that are interdisciplinary. By completing a biology degree
in our department, students will acquire
foundational skills to carry
with them beyond Tufts.
The Biology Department also maintains a strong
commitment to environmental literacy and to helping students understand
the social dimensions of health care. Many biology majors are involved
in either the Environmental Studies program or the Community Health Program.
Tufts is also committed to encouraging women and minority group
members in their educational endeavors. Providing role models is an
important component of this effort. The Biology Department has
played a leadership role in the sciences with women making up 41% of
the total Biology faculty and 45% of the tenured Biology faculty.
Tufts is among the top 25 most selective universities nationally.
Our undergraduates are an intellectually gifted group and are
serious about their studies. The Biology Department is committed to
providing our undergraduates with a vital, modern education. Our
goal is to help our undergraduates make the transition from the
relatively passive role as student consumer of knowledge to the
intellectually active role of colleague and generator of new
knowledge. We recognize that different students will make this
transition at different points in their academic careers and we are
committed to helping ALL our students achieve this goal.
The links at top left will provide you with detailed information
about the biology, biochemistry and biopsychology majors, as well as
information about opportunities for