Why Study Biology at New College?

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.

Biology area of concentration

A concentration in Biology begins with course work in a two-semester course (Foundations of Biology 1 and 2), which may be taken in any order. A well-rounded biologist will build on basic concepts with study in three core levels of organization: molecular/cellular biology, organismal biology, and ecology/evolution. Course offerings supplemented by tutorials allow students to accomplish this in seven contracts. Additional coursework in the other Natural Science disciplines is also required. Two additional Biology elective courses will ensure students are well-rounded biologists and receive training in multiple areas to assist their thesis research and future goals.

In the current curriculum, molecular and cellular courses include Genetics, Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, and Cellular Biology. Organismal biology is represented by course offerings, including Organismic Biology, Botany, Entomology, Fish Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Plant Physiology, and the Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays.

In the area of ecology and evolution, students may select from current offerings such as Animal Behavior, Biology of Urbanization, Conservation Biology, Forest Ecology Laboratory in addition to traditionally-titled courses in Ecology and Evolution.

Advanced courses (often called “topics courses”), lab tutorials, internships, and seminars give the student additional opportunities to explore their interests.

Critical thinking, quantitative skill development, and writing skills are a part of all undertakings in the Biology concentration.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

Coursework in biology should include eight biology courses beyond the introductory level. Students must take one lecture course within each of the three levels of organization. Students must also take three semesters of laboratory experiences that cover at least two levels of organization. Two advanced courses must be taken to help students develop mastery in an area of their choosing. The curriculum is flexible to accommodate student needs and faculty offer tutorials in multiple special areas to support student interest.

Students will also take one Independent Study Project in Biology, a senior thesis in Biology, and a successful baccalaureate exam to complete the expectations for biology Area of Concentration.

Biology students should also complete a Statistics course, Physics 1, Physics 1 Laboratory, Calculus 1, General Chemistry 1 and 2, General Chemistry Laboratory, Organic Chemistry 1, and Organic Chemistry Inquiry Laboratory as well as an additional non-introductory lecture and an additional hands-on activity (a laboratory or workshop) in the Natural Sciences. Students with plans to pursue graduate studies and/or pre-health fields will be advised about specific course selection by their academic advisers.

Students may focus on a subdiscipline of Biology without selecting a different AOC, but each subdiscipline assumes completion of foundational biology and the incorporation into an individual’s curriculum of the core areas of study.


Recent Theses

  • Minilivestock:  A Study in Insect Rearing and the Determination of Protein Contents of Two Insects
  • Canavan Disease: A Clinical, Biochemical, and Genetic Perspective
  • The Effect of Cortisol Administration on Learning and Memory in the Pinfish, Lagodon rhomboides
  • Dot Spot and PCR Techniques Detect Tomato Mottle Geminivirus in Developing Tissue Following Localized Inoculations in Tomato Plants
  • Evaluating the Effects of Cover Crops on Soil Organic Matter in Wheat-Fallow Rotation Schemes near Pendleton, Oregon

Careers of Biology Graduates

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Executive Recruiter
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Senior Consultant
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Research Scientist
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Chief Scientific Officer
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Vice President
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SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

These pathways show how you could complete the AOC requirements within four years at New College or within two years after earning an associate’s degree. Please consult with your academic adviser to determine the most appropriate courses for your area of concentration.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Biology

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Foundations of Biology 1 (LAC 1)ISP 1 Foundations of Biology 2 (LAC 4)
General Chemistry 1 (LAC 2)General Chemistry 2 (LAC 5)
General Chemistry LaboratoryA Statistics course (eg. Dealing with Data) (AOC requirement) (LAC 6)
Year 2Organic Chemistry 1Biology ISPOrganic Chemistry 2
Organic Chemistry Inquiry LaboratoryOrganic Chemistry 2 lab
Biology "D" level lecture Biology "D" level Laboratory
Calculus 1Biology elective 1
Year 3Physics 1ISP 3Biology "D" level lecture
Physics Laboratory 1 Biology "D" level laboratory
Biology "D" level lecture Biology elective 2
Biology "D" level laboratory Collegewide Elective
Year 4Thesis research
Thesis writing
Collegewide Elective

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Biology

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Statistics Biology ISP (with Biology faculty) Chemistry 2
Ecology Lecture Organismic Biology
Ecology LabOrganismic Biology Lab
Biology elective Tutorial in Biology
Year 4Organic Chemistry 1 Thesis workThesis writing tutorial
Organic Chemistry Inquiry Lab Non-intro level Nat Sci lecture
Cell Biology Lecture Non-intro level level Nat Sci lab
Cell Biology Lab

We expect that students transferring in to New College with an AA degree have already completed the equivalent of the introductory biology course sequence and Calculus 1, Physics 1 and lab, and Chemistry 1 and lab.