Biology is, on the simplest level, the study of life from cellular to global scales. An integral component of a liberal arts education, the Bachelor of Science program in Biology at Mount Ida provides the basis of knowledge for understanding the human body, animal social structure and behavior, plant function and diversity, as well as the ecology, genetics, evolution, and physiology of all organisms and environments. This program allows students to obtain a true science degree that is supported by professional courses in a range of interdisciplinary fields, from veterinary technology to forensic science to funeral service science, within the context of a liberal arts education. The Biology program emphasizes laboratory and field work, exposing students to a wide array of options to incorporate a biology degree into a broad liberal arts education for many career paths.
Career and Graduate Study Options
Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology are prepared for careers in the life sciences, as well as graduate work in basic and applied research. In addition, the Biology degree sets a foundation for professional careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and science teaching. A multi-disciplinary approach to the overall liberal arts education at Mount Ida, utilizing the Biology degree, could prepare students for careers in science writing, science illustration, environmental management, or biotechnology.
A pre-medical concentration prepares students to pursue a medical degree at another institution after finishing the Biology 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. It is highly recommended for pre-medical students to volunteer or intern in the medical field in their first-year summer, start attending pre-health meetings and take leadership positions in their second year, volunteer for clinical research or internship experiences in their second year summer and continue until graduation, shadow a physician, and plan to take the MCAT in the Spring of their third year. To be competitive in applying to a medical school, students need to maintain a high GPA of at least 3.60 and have a minimum MCAT score of 32.
In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastering of a solid science background in chemistry, physics, and other sciences appropriate to a Biology degree;
- Complete coursework (one year of biology, physics and English; and two years of chemistry) in preparation for applying to a Medical School (requirements may be institution-dependent)
- Apply specialized and general skills and knowledge in biology/general scientific understanding;
- Gain an ability to integrate theory and practice through several applied experiences in biotechnology, or cell biology;
- Practice well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills;
- Demonstrate competence in appropriate biological technology and research information literacy;
- Apply a firm understanding of the professional preparation necessary for career opportunities in the life sciences.
Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees
A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of BI and SC) in this major.