New College’s Biochemistry AOC is an interdisciplinary program designed to let you explore the interface between all four areas of the natural sciences, especially chemistry and biology. While the classes and labs are quite challenging, you’ll take them in a flexible, non-competitive environment with guidance from faculty members who have earned doctorates from some of the nation’s premier research institutions, including University of Wisconsin, MIT, Berkeley, Cornell, University of Arizona and Florida State University.

You will also have access to state-of-the-art equipment so you can delve deeply into the world of biochemistry. In 2006, New College received a grant to help three professors further their research into animal and plant development and gene expression. Through the grant, New College became one of only a small number of undergraduate institutions in the country to have a real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) instrument to measure DNA and RNA levels in tissue samples taken from organisms.

Our Biochemistry and Chemistry students also have a long tradition of being awarded prestigious undergraduate research grants. In the past five years, nine New College students have received highly prized National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grants for the summer. The programs are sponsored by the National Science Foundation and are hosted in various universities. They are among the most prestigious summer programs in which an undergraduate can participate. Through this program, New College students conducted:

• Biochemistry research at the University of Arizona.
• Molecular genetics and proteomics research at the University of Minnesota.
• Chemistry research at the University of Minnesota.
• Chemistry research at Columbia University.

These experiences, resources and training will complement your senior thesis project, a level of research that most students do not attempt until graduate school. That explains why our Biochemistry and Chemistry students have very high acceptance rates to top graduate schools. In the last three years, New College students have been admitted into Ph.D. programs in chemistry at MIT, Berkeley, Caltech, Johns Hopkins, Brown and Emory University. During that same period, students have also been admitted to medical school programs at the University of Florida, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, and New York University.

Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.

[Did you know?]

A survey of alumni who graduated between 1996 and 2007 revealed that 86 percent of New College chemistry and biochemistry majors who applied to graduate or medical school were accepted.

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