A biology degree with unique hands-on opportunities.

Mount Ida’s Biology Bachelor’s Degree Program offers unique opportunities to lift your gaze from the microscope. In our biology program, you can widen the lens to encompass practical learning options in biology-related professions such as forensic science, veterinary technology and funeral management. Few biology degree programs offer this type of applied learning along with standard biology courses. With small classes that foster one-on-one interaction with professors and classmates, you’ll get a uniquely well-rounded biology degree that combines classroom instruction, hands-on lab experience, independent research and applied practice.

Three biology options are available:

Biology (B.S.)

Biology – Pre-Medical Concentration (B.S.)

Biology – Pre-Pharmacy Concentration (B.S.)

All students start their freshman year in Biology and can select a concentration after the freshman year based on meeting the entrance requirements:

Biology (B.S.) – The biology degree offers excellent preparation for careers in the life sciences, including dynamic industries such as energy, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, environmental management and agriculture.

Biology – Pre-Medical Concentration (B.S.) – The pre-Medical program at Mount Ida College prepares students to pursue a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at another institution after finishing a Biology degree. The students are required to take a specific sequence of courses that constitute requirements for most institutions offering a Doctor of Medicine degree. Students interested in the pre-medical concentration must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 after their first year of courses at Mount Ida College to be allowed to continue this concentration.

Biology – Pre-Pharmacy Concentration (B.S.) – The pre-Pharmacy program at Mount Ida College requires students to take a specific sequence of courses (within a Biology major) that constitute pre-requirements for most institutions offering a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Students interested in the pre-pharmacy concentration must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 after their first year of courses at Mount Ida College to be allowed to continue this concentration.

The biology degree integrates hard-science courses with a broad humanities and social sciences core. You’ll study writing, history and fine arts, along with core biology courses in subjects like:

  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

The Biology Bachelor’s Degree requires 120 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 48 credits in science, including 32-33 in biology
  • 30 credits in arts, sciences and humanities
  • 42 credits in open electives, which may include additional biology courses

Our biology bachelor’s degree emphasizes hands-on laboratory instruction and experimentation. As a private New England college with small class sizes, Mount Ida can provide plenty of lab time for biology majors,
with personalized attention from faculty to help you master the biology degree’s more advanced material. The biology degree includes a full year of independent research, with two semester-long biology courses devoted to a biology research project of your choosing.

You’ll acquire a set of practical skills that employerslook for, including the ability to:
> Use advanced biology lab equipment
> Design, conduct, and report findings
of research experiments and methodologies
> Document laboratory results
> Write scientific papers and reports

Mount Ida’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology offers excellent preparation for careers in the life sciences, including dynamic industries such as energy, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, environmental management and agriculture. In addition, the Biology degree sets a foundation for graduate degrees and/or professional careers in:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Science teaching
  • Science writing

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