Biology, BA
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New College’s Biology, BA degree offers students an opportunity to lead innovative on-campus research projects into global problems like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, graduates of this program become leading candidates for graduate programs and in the scientific field.

The BA program in biology, with an emphasis in the natural sciences, examines the interdisciplinary nature of the life and physical sciences, focusing on the ways in which these disciplines intersect. The program's organization and flexibility allows students to simultaneously study another subject outside their major, and students are encouraged to add a minor or concurrent degree in another subject area.

Students gain hands-on experience as they work both in small groups and one-on-one with individual faculty members. Students may participate in cutting-edge scientific research by assisting in faculty research laboratories or even publish in top journals and present their results at regional and national scientific meetings.

Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs in research, nonprofit, education and outreach organizations or for other roles in the life sciences and for related graduate programs.

Program Offered

Biology, BA

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New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences


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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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WUE eligible program
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Career Outlook

Students have a wide variety of options, including pursuing graduate studies or seeking careers in areas that include:

  • environmental management and conservation
  • health professions
  • laboratory research
  • primary and secondary school teaching
  • science advisement to businesses and government
  • science writing

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary7.5%$86,140
First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers1.9%$46,570
Aquacultural Managers-0.8%$69,620
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 15.2%$78,240
Biological Scientists, All Other8%$76,690
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary 9.9%$77,190
Climate Change Analysts 11.1%$69,400
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9%$118,970
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.4%$64,480
Construction Managers 11.1%$91,370
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$64,020
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 11.1%$69,400
Environmental Restoration Planners 11.1%$69,400
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary 9.6%$76,360
Range Managers6.3%$61,480
Fish and Game Wardens 4.3%$56,410
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers $28,310
First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers1.9%$46,570
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary7.8%$87,420
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 9.5%$87,380
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists 7.2%$103,990
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9%$118,970
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 25.9%$97,870
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Water Resource Specialists 9.9%$118,970
Industrial Ecologists 11.1%$69,400
Life Scientists, All Other9.2%$74,540
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4%$82,090
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720
Molecular and Cellular Biologists8%$76,690
Dentists, All Other Specialists 13.3%$190,840
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$87,340
Farm and Ranch Managers -0.8%$69,620
Biochemists and Biophysicists 11.5%$91,190
Soil and Plant Scientists 8.8%$62,430
Animal Scientists5.9%$60,760

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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