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Bachelor of Science in Biology:

A biology degree with unique hands-on opportunities.

Mount Ida’s Biology bachelor’s degree 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 the biology field to become a biological technician, a biologist in conservations, zoos or wildlife, a science writer, or science illustrator. Few biology degree programs offer this type of applied learning along with traditional biology courses. You will get a uniquely well-rounded biology degree that combines classroom instruction, hands-on lab experience, research and applied practice in small classes that foster one-on-one interaction with professors and classmates.

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 prerequirements 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.

Our Biology program 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 or internships devoted to a biology research project. You will acquire a set of practical skills that employers look for including the ability to:

  • Use advanced biology lab equipment
  •  Design, conduct, and report findings
    of research experiments and methodologies
  • Document laboratory results

The Biology degree integrates natural-science courses with a broad humanities and social sciences core. You will study writing, history and fine arts, along with core science courses in subjects like:

  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Genetics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Plant and animal biology
  • Ecology

The Biology bachelor’s degree requires 121 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 70 credits in science, including 44 in biology
  • 33 credits in arts, sciences and humanities
  • 18 credits in open electives, which may include additional biology courses

Here are just a few of the courses you may be taking:

  • BI 210 – Ecology and Evolution
  • BI 205 – Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • BI340 Genetics
  • BI310 Zoology

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog.

Mount Ida’s Bachelor of Science in Biology offers excellent preparation for careers in the life sciences, including dynamic industries such as energy, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, environmental management and agriculture.