Being a Biology student at New College is like being a kid in a candy store. Everywhere you look, from our campus location on Sarasota Bay to our subtropical climate to our outstanding biology facilities and faculty, you will find opportunities other undergraduate colleges dream about. At New College, you will have opportunities to work beside renowned faculty who will immerse you in rigorous studies while giving you the opportunity to conduct advanced research as an undergraduate.
In our Biology AOC, you can study coral reef ecology in the College’s Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center, where we have more than 100 aquaria, anchored by a 15,000-gallon research and display tank.You can do research on dolphins at Mote Marina Lab in Sarasota Bay. Or you can explore brain behavior, the effects of oil spills, climate change, conservation, science education and outreach, the complexities of rainforests, genetics, molecular biology and more.
Our faculty bring Biology to life in the classroom and by incorporating the resources of the College’s location on the bay give you a firsthand look at biology in the field. As a New College student, your program of study has the flexibility to let you pursue Biology or any of our sub-disciplines, such as Marine Biology, Neurobiology and Environmental Studies. And because we believe in the liberal arts, many of our students combine their passion for biology with fields such as chemistry, languages and more.
Faculty members will involve you in outreach opportunities and help you make key connections to pursue internships and independent studies. Our Biology students have studied the genetics of lung disease, squid behavior in Honduras, research into brain injury and disease at the Roskamp Institute and immune system abnormalities in lupic mice in Paris.
We have a strong track record of producing successful graduates. Our alumni have attended some of the nation’s top graduate schools and worked for a diverse set of employers, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, The Nature Conservancy, Mote Marine Lab, The Roskamp Institute, Aquatic Plants of Florida, biofuel companies, state and local governments, and parks and preserves across Florida. They have become researchers, professors, physicians, conservation managers, fisheries biologists, and entrepreneurs.
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.