Fitchburg State University, Department of Biology and Chemistry

The Department of Biology and Chemistry is the largest of the basic science departments at Fitchburg State University, with approximately 300 undergraduate majors and minors. The Department offers undergraduate programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Biology, or Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The department offers majors the choice to focus their coursework by offering concentrations in Health Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Biology, Neuroscience and Behavior, and an Initial Teacher Licensure (for those interested in teaching at the secondary education level). The curriculum in each of the degree programs provides a strong theoretical foundation balanced with practical applications. The Department also encourages all students to use critical thinking as a part of the scientific process. A wide variety of undergraduate courses in Biology and Chemistry are available for Biology majors, minors and non-majors seeking to expand their scientific knowledge and critical science inquiry skills. In addition, at the graduate level, the Department of Biology and Chemistry offers a Masters of Arts in Biology, Masters of Education in Science Education, and a Post-Baccalaureate Biology Initial Licensure.

North County Land Trust
06/20/2019

North County Land Trust

June 26: The Caterpillar Lab 🐛
Fitchburg Public Library 10:30am-12:30pm
Leominster Public Library 3-4pm
No Registration required.

This summer, several students from our department are participating in our on-campus research program studying the envir...
06/13/2019

This summer, several students from our department are participating in our on-campus research program studying the environmental health of the Nashua River watershed in conjunction with some of our faculty. Looks like the project is off to a great start!

Our department faculty member Dr. Chris Picone with our students!
05/26/2019

Our department faculty member Dr. Chris Picone with our students!

Sixteen of our Falcons are currently in Costa Rica on a Tropical Ecology course led by our own Professor Christopher Picone.

Our students are getting outside the classroom to traverse rainforests, cloud forests, dry forests, and agricultural systems.

They are also participating in a sustainable service-learning project while engaging with the local community.

We couldn't agree more with the library on this!
05/16/2019

We couldn't agree more with the library on this!

Congratulations on completing finals. You rock!

Compound Interest
03/08/2019

Compound Interest

It's #InternationalWomensDay! Here's a look at twelve more women from chemistry history: https://wp.me/p4aPLT-7KZ 👩‍🔬👩🏻‍🔬👩🏿‍🔬

#IWD #IWD2019

A cool summer opportunity!
03/01/2019

A cool summer opportunity!

New summer internship opportunity available! We’re seeking two college students to coordinate our Youth and the Environment Programs—one in Lowell and one in Lawrence, Mass. http://neiwpcc.org/about-us/careers/internships/

By offering summer employment with hands-on experience, YEP encourages disadvantaged inner city students to develop interests in the environment and potential environmental careers. Apply by March 22!

One of our faculty, Dr. Chris Picone, was part of a newspaper article on what can be done to reduce our environmental im...
02/21/2019
T&G Faculty Forum: What can we do to reduce our negative impact on the environment?

One of our faculty, Dr. Chris Picone, was part of a newspaper article on what can be done to reduce our environmental impact. Read his comments here: https://www.telegram.com/news/20190217/tampg-faculty-forum-what-can-we-do-to-reduce-our-negative-impact-on-environment

While Central Massachusetts has been battling regular snow and sub-zero temperatures, other areas of the country and planet have seen devastating

Interested in Summer Internships?  Many opportunities are available!  Did you know that they pay YOU?     Please come to...
02/07/2019

Interested in Summer Internships? Many opportunities are available! Did you know that they pay YOU?
Please come to on February 12th and learn:
How to Apply to Summer Internships! Where to Apply!
When to Apply! Why Apply? Other Valuable Information!

When: Tuesday, February 12th at 3:30pm
Where: Room 243 Science Building

12/22/2018

Congratulations to all of our December graduates! We are very proud of you and wish you nothing but success in your future. Please know that although you may be leaving, the department is here to help!

09/05/2018

Attention all new students! Whether you are a freshman or a new transfer student, the department is holding a New Student Orientation and Advising meeting tomorrow (Thurs. 9/6) in the Science Lecture Hall at 3:30. Ice cream is available starting at 3 pm. Attendance is mandatory.

09/04/2018

The fall semester is almost here! Classes start on Thursday (9/6). For all of our new students... welcome! To all of our returning students... welcome back! As the new semester starts, remember that the department is always here to help you in any way we can- stop in the department office, stop by your advisor, drop in on your professor, etc. We are looking forward to another great semester and year and hope you are too!

07/23/2018
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Attention students, staff, and faculty past and present!

Several of our Biology and Chemistry majors will be presenting their research results from their participation in the Fitchburg State Summer Research Collaborative. The presentations will take place on Thursday Jul 26, 9am-12pm, in the President's Hall. We invite you to attend these interesting talks!

Through this project, funded in part by the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, 20 students spent nine weeks this summer engaged in interdisciplinary projects focused on the public health of the Fitchburg community and environmental health of the Nashua River watershed.

The Health of Fitchburg Communities project, led by faculty members from Business, Communications Media, Exercise and Sports Science, and Nursing, seeks to understand relationships between perceptions of health and physical activity. The Health of the Nashua River project, led by faculty members from Biology/Chemistry and Earth and Geographic Sciences, seeks to understand the environmental health of the Nashua River and its tributaries by studying water quality from biological, chemical, and geological perspectives, and connecting it to regional land use. More information about the project can be found here: http://www.fitchburgstate.edu/summer-research/

Students from the Health of Fitchburg Communities project will present their work from 9:00-10:00am, and students from the Nashua River project will present their work from 10:00am-12:00pm. Presentation titles are listed below.

Student presentations:

The Health of Fitchburg - Emmanuella Agyemang, Rachel Bordieri, Camila Perlas De Leon, Alexander Joscelyn, and Lily Price (supervised by Drs. Debbie Benes, Carolyn Gustason, and Danielle Wigmore)

The Factors that Affect Physical Activity Behaviors Among Different Demographic Segments of Adult Residents of Fitchburg – Benjamin Borodawka, Jacob Elie, Monica Liao, and Robbie Snider (supervised by Drs. Viera Lorencova and Renee Scapparone)

Health of the Nashua River watershed – Anne Saball, Student Research Mentor

The Analysis of the Land Use and Land Cover of the Nashua River Watershed – Samuel Gallagher (supervised by Dr. Jane Huang)

Simulations of Climate Change Induced Flooding of the Nashua River in Fitchburg – Caroline Anderson (supervised by Dr. Jane Huang)

Nashua River Health Indicated by Stream Metabolism and Macroinvertebrate Diversity - Heather Bosworth and Chelsea Lashua (supervised by Dr. John Ludlam)

Biological assessment of fish in tributaries of Nashua River watershed - Alesia Burnett and Nicole Zwicker (supervised by Dr. Daniel Welsh)

Microplastics in the Nashua River watershed - Samantha Richard (supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Gordon)

Water Quality of the Nashua River Watershed - Jack Gangemi and Benjamin McGuire (supervised by Drs. Emma Downs and Aisling O’Connor)

05/19/2018

Today's the day! Graduation day! Congratulations to all of our Biology and Chemistry majors who are graduating!!!

Even though you are finished with your degree, please know that the department is always here for you. We hope you'll keep in touch.

05/11/2018

Finals has arrived! Good luck to all of our students on their finals! Finish the semester off strong!!

04/20/2018

Our students' research is getting noticed!

At today's on-campus Undergraduate Research Conference, our majors placed first and second in the oral presentations and first place in the poster presentations! In addition, two of our students got second place at the state-wide Environmental Research Colloquium that was held at UMass Boston yesterday!

Congratulations to all these students! We are very proud of the hard work our students and their faculty advisors do. Keep up the great work!!

A good number of our Biology and Chemistry majors will be at the conference showcasing their research tomorrow. Please s...
04/19/2018
Fitchburg State Undergraduate Research Conference | Fitchburg State University

A good number of our Biology and Chemistry majors will be at the conference showcasing their research tomorrow. Please stop by Hammond Hall and see all of the great work being done by our students and faculty!

Information surrounding Fitchburg State University's Undergraduate Research Conference. Learn more about this program, which happens each year in April.

One of our faculty members- Dr. Christopher Picone- will be giving a speech at the local March for Science this Saturday...
04/10/2018
March for Science Fitchburg

One of our faculty members- Dr. Christopher Picone- will be giving a speech at the local March for Science this Saturday (April 14)! https://actionnetwork.org/events/march-for-science-fitchburg?source=widget

In 2017, over one million of us gathered in cities across the globe in the name of science. In 2018, we're coming together again, but this time, Fitchburg, MA will be among the many mobilizing cities defending and advocating for science, discovery, and advancement. Science is essential for human hea...

04/07/2018

Today is Accepted Student​ Day on campus. Welcome to all students! And for you future Biology and Chemistry majors, please know the department is always here to answer any questions you may have!

03/29/2018

Another reminder! Applications close next week!

Attention all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors! Applications are now open for the Summer Research Collaborative, a unique research experience for students interested in focused on the environmental and public health of the Fitchburg community. This is a paid opportunity and one that past students have raved about!

All of the information (including application) can be found on the website: https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/summer-research

Priority deadline is April 6th.

Attention all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors!  Applications are now open for the Summer Research Collaborativ...
03/19/2018
Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Experience | Fitchburg State University

Attention all current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors! Applications are now open for the Summer Research Collaborative, a unique research experience for students interested in focused on the environmental and public health of the Fitchburg community. This is a paid opportunity and one that past students have raved about!

All of the information (including application) can be found on the website: https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/summer-research

Priority deadline is April 6th.

The Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Experience is an interdisciplinary research experience focused on the environmental and public health of the Fitchburg community.

03/07/2018

Attention all students! Advising for Fall 2018 courses is right after Spring Break! Advising begins on Monday, March 19th and ends on April 6th. Please make an appointment with your advisor as soon as possible. If you're not sure who your advisor is, check out web4 or call/visit the department office.

02/06/2018

Please join the department in welcoming Dr. Clinton Moran of Fairfield University for a talk about

"Putting the COLD in cold blooded: overwintering physiology of cold water fishes"

TODAY (Tues. 2/6) 3:30-4:30 in the Randall Science Lecture Hall (SCI 211).

Come join the department for what looks to be an interesting science talk!

02/05/2018

Please join the department in welcoming Dr. Anabela Resende da Maia of Eastern Illinois University for a talk about

"Just keep swimming: interactions between form and function"

TODAY (Mon. 2/5) 3:30-4:30 in the Randall Science Lecture Hall (SCI 211).

Come join the department for what looks to be an interesting science talk!

01/29/2018

Please join the department in welcoming Dr. Patrice Connors of Weber State University for a talk about

"A Tale of Temperature and Toxins: Investigating the Interactions of Mammalian Physiology and the Environment"

Tomorrow (Tues. 1/30) 3:30-4:30 in the Randall Science Lecture Hall (SCI 211).

Come join the department for what looks to be an interesting science talk!

01/20/2018

Attention all students! Just a reminder that classes for the spring semester start Monday (January 22nd)! The department looks forward to another great semester! Please don't hesitate to come by the office if you ever need anything!

The Science Symposium went great!  Thanks to everyone who stopped by!
10/26/2017

The Science Symposium went great! Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

10/24/2017

Attention current students! Please join us for some Science and some fun and find out about all of the research going on on campus and about ways you could get involved in the future!

10/13/2017

Attention all high school juniors and seniors interested in Biology and Chemistry! October 14 is one of Fitchburg State University's Open Houses for prospective students. Come visit the department's table in Hammond Hall starting at 8:30 tomorrow (with a more in-depth presentation later in the day). We look forward to telling you all the ways we can help you succeed!

10/06/2017

Congratulations to our faculty member, Dr. Christopher Picone. The Nashua River Watershed Association will be honoring him with its 2017 NRWA Conservation and Education Award for "his vision of a sustainable future and his creativity in using experiential education to introduce his students at Fitchburg State University to the open spaces and waterways in the Nashua River watershed".

We are very proud to have him in our department and grateful for all he does for our students.

Attention current students interested in a career in the Health field!  Please come to the meeting on Tuesday (Sept 26)
09/22/2017

Attention current students interested in a career in the Health field! Please come to the meeting on Tuesday (Sept 26)

Dr. Emma Downs from the department will be part of the panel discussion on Wednesday!
09/18/2017

Dr. Emma Downs from the department will be part of the panel discussion on Wednesday!

Our year-long Community Read kicks off this Wednesday, September 20, at 3:30 pm with The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan.

Our panel talk will cover the development, consequences, and legacy of the atomic bomb. Join us in the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library in Hammond Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

09/06/2017

Attention, all new Biology and Chemistry majors! Whether you are new to the university or just to the major, there is a mandatory meeting on tomorrow (September 7th) at 3:30 in Randall Science Lecture Hall (SCI-211).

At this meeting, we will introduce you to the faculty members of the department as well as your new academic advisor. You will also be able to ask questions pertaining to your studies and learn more about the major and the departmental requirements.

An ice-cream social will precede the meeting at 3:00 PM in the Fiorentino Foyer right in front of the Lecture Hall.

We look forward to meeting you tomorrow!

08/28/2017

Attention, all new Biology and Chemistry majors! Whether you are new to the university or just to the major, there is a mandatory meeting on Thursday, September 7th at 3:30 in Randall Science Lecture Hall (SCI-211).

At this meeting, we will introduce you to the faculty members of the department as well as your new academic advisor. You will also be able to ask questions pertaining to your studies and learn more about the major and the departmental requirements.

An ice-cream social will precede the meeting at 3:00 PM in the Fiorentino Foyer right in front of the Lecture Hall.

We look forward to meeting you next Thursday.

Fitchburg State University
08/21/2017
Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University

Ready for the eclipse this afternoon? The phenomenon will be visible from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m., peaking around 2:45 p.m. We will have a limited number of pinhole box cameras and eclipse glasses available for sharing this afternoon on the main quad.

Click the link below for NASA's site on eclipse viewing and safety tips.

Students from a variety of majors, including several of our Biology and Chemistry majors, presented on their research as...
07/28/2017
FSU students give Fitchburg a health checkup

Students from a variety of majors, including several of our Biology and Chemistry majors, presented on their research as part of the on-campus Summer Research Collaborative yesterday. They all did a GREAT job and we are very proud of them!

You can read more about the presentations in today's Sentinel & Enterprise: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_31176111/fsu-students-give-fitchburg-health-checkup

FITCHBURG -- College students didn't have to go far to answer their research questions this summer. Through a grant from the Lloyd G.

07/26/2017

Tomorrow's the day! Everyone invited!

Students involved in the Summer Research Collaborative will be presenting the results of their research in the President's Hall of the Mazzafero Center. We invite you to attend.

Through the Fitchburg State Summer Research Collaborative, funded by the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, 18 students (including several Biology and Chemistry majors) have engaged in interdisciplinary projects focused on the public health of the Fitchburg community and environmental health of the surrounding river.

The Health of Fitchburg Communities project, led by faculty members from Business, Communications Media, Earth and Geographic Sciences, Exercise and Sports Science, and Nursing, seeks to understand relationships between perceptions of health and physical activity. A secondary aim is to investigate the fitness industry in Fitchburg and better understand the factors that lead a fitness-related business to be successful in the Fitchburg area.

The Health of the Nashua River project, led by faculty members from Biology/Chemistry and Earth and Geographic Sciences, seeks to understand the environmental health of the Nashua River by studying water quality from geological, biological, and chemical perspectives, and connecting it to regional land use.

Students from the Nashua River project will present their work (oral presentations) from 9:00-10:30, and students from the Health of Fitchburg Communities project will present their work from 10:45-12:00. All presentations are free and open to the public

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