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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.

This biology program provides insights into how life and physical sciences intersect in the real world. With a focus on interactive and interdisciplinary experiences, including opportunities to conduct hands-on research into cancer and Alzheimer's disease, among many others, this program prepares you to pursue advanced degrees or a career in a variety of scientific fields.

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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. 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 and for other roles in the life sciences. Graduates are also prepared for related graduate programs.

At A Glance

Biology, BA

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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
Biological Scientists, All Other8%$76,690
Climate Change Analysts 11.1%$69,400
Geneticists8%$76,690
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9%$118,970
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Life Scientists, All Other9.2%$74,540
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4%$82,090
Microbiologists8.2%$69,960
Molecular and Cellular Biologists8%$76,690
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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