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Human Biology

Human Biology Concentration

Every second your body produces 25 million new cells. Put into context, this means that in 15 seconds, you will have produced more cells than there are people in the United States. Are you fascinated by the human body, its functions and its responses to the environment? Do you consider yourself a problem-solver, and are you excited by complex systems that connect cells, organelles, organs and organisms? A human biology major concentration at Gordon College will give you a holistic view of the human body. Through an inquisitive lens of faith, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, genetics and cellular and molecular biology as you explore interrelationships in the human body. 

Explore the Human Biology Major Concentration

Why study human biology at Gordon?

If you’re looking for colleges with a human biology major, you’re in the right place at Gordon. During your years here, you will gain firsthand experiences in the laboratory, including our state-of-the-art anatomy and physiology lab, human cadaver lab and immunology and genetics lab. You will fully explore why and how we are fearfully and wonderfully made. You will be taught and mentored by leaders fueled by curiosity in the fields of biology and anatomy whose commitment to care stems from their Christian faith. You can take the opportunities presented by a low student-faculty ratio to partner with faculty for research opportunities and mentorship as you explore an enormous field.

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What careers can I pursue with a human biology concentration?

A concentration in human biology at Gordon is a perfect set-up for research opportunities or continuing your education at the graduate level. Human biology can lead to careers such as: 

  • Dietitian or nutritionist 
  • Immunologist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Biological lab assistant
  • Research technician
  • Food scientist

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Human Biology Major Courses

  • Nutrition (BIO225)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I&II (BIO213 and BIO214)
  • Cancer Biology (BIO320) OR Immunology (BIO333)
  • Pathophysiology (BIO312) OR Microbiology (BIO314)

Experiential learning in human biology

As a biology major you may choose to deepen your learning through co-curricular experiences. Gordon’s emphasis on creation care is part of a longstanding commitment to sustainability, maintained by our campus-wide effort called Restore Creation. Our student-led green group, Advocates for a Sustainable Future, involves fellow students in environmental efforts—like an organic garden—and education. Biology Club hosts regular gatherings to maintain the close-knit community within one of Gordon’s largest majors. Our Alzheimer's Buddies Club provides experience working with patients suffering from this disease. 

Off-campus, students complete internships at a range of institutions, including:

  • Local hospitals, like Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Simmons Healthcare
  • Life Care Center
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 


For more information contact:

Dr. Greg Keller 
Professor of Biology 
P 978 867 4852 

Department Chair of Life, Health and Physical Sciences

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The human biology science concentration is part of the biology major