Undergraduates with an interest in Biology and Society can pursue a number of academic pathways administered by the School of Life Sciences, as well as pursue special projects through the Center for Biology and Society.

B.S. in Biological Science, Concentration in Biology and Society

In the biology and society concentration, you'll gain excellent foundations in the biological and related sciences, as well as unique historical, philosophical, political, and ethical perspectives. Biology and Society majors go on to research careers through professional and graduate education and internships in many different fields. You will develop the skills to navigate the complexities of scientific discovery and applications of science for society.  Watch the latest School of Life Sciences Biology and Society video! 

Accelerated Bachelor and Master of Science (BS/MS)

If you want to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees within a five-year period, we offer an accelerated BS/MS program that typically builds on and extends your undergraduate research.

Undergraduate History and Philosophy of Science Certificate

This certificate program is designed to give students an understanding of both traditional philosophic issues surrounding science and the historical development of concrete scientific theories and ideas.


The faculty at Biology and Society have diverse interests and mentor graduate students in a range of research topics. These topics include, but are not limited to, Embryo Project, neuroscience and ethics, Carnap Editing project, environmental ethics and ecology, and the social and cultural history of fire. Check out the Graduate Programs in Biology and Society Brochure. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Biology and Society can follow one of several paths:

MS or PhD in Biology, Concentration in Biology and Society

Within our biology MS and PhD degrees, you may concentrate in an area where “biology intersects with society” – to learn how biosciences shape and are shaped by societal values and traditions.The Biology and Society concentration draws from many areas to help you develop critical thinking and analytical skills. You may further specialize in one of three tracks:

PhD in History and Philosophy of Science

In the History and Philosophy of Science PhD program, you will receive solid training in history and philosophy of science with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies of the sciences, and their conceptual structures, epistemology, history, and impacts on society. The strength of our History and Philosophy of Science program is that we bring philosophy, history and the study of science together.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Embryo Project

The Embryo Project (EP) and the Embryo Project Encyclopedia thrive on the participation of undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. There are different ways to participate, as a student, postdoc, or professional researcher, including writing, editing, interships, and more. Learn about how to get involved...

SOLS Life Science Ethics Program

The Life Science Ethics Program cultivates existing formal and informal ethics education and research initiatives in SOLS so that they grow into a visible and integrated program.

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