A classical 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.

Our Biology Bachelor’s Degree Program emphasizes direct, 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 (full professors, not graduate students) 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 employers look for, including the ability to:

  • Use advanced biology lab equipment
  • Design and describe research experiments and methodologies
  • Document laboratory results
  • Write scientific papers and reports

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
  • Plant and animal biology
  • Behavioral biology
  • Ecology

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

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
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Science teaching
  • Science writing

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