As a Chemistry student at New College, you’ll discover a research-rich education that is comprehensive in scope yet flexible enough in its design to allow you, while working closely with faculty, to pursue areas of specialized interest.

You will work side by side with faculty who are not only experts in their fields but who also offer unparalleled mentoring for our students. One professor literally wrote the book on how to teach organic chemistry. Another researches bioinorganic chemistry in medicine. Another conducts research in spectroscopy that aids radio astronomers in their search for complex molecules in interstellar space. Yet another, along with two Natural Sciences professors, received a grant to 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 to have a real-time PCR 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.

No matter what your interest, you will do in-depth laboratory research on an original problem and receive extensive laboratory training that will show you how to think deeply about a scientific problem. This training, along with the senior thesis project that is required for graduation, means our students have a very high acceptance rate to some of the top graduate schools. In the last three years, we have graduated students who have gone into Ph.D. programs in chemistry at MIT, Berkeley, Caltech, Johns Hopkins and Emory 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.


New College faculty members in Chemistry and Biochemistry have doctorates from University of Wisconsin, MIT, Berkeley and Cornell University and have earned grants from a variety of national and international agencies.

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