Natural Sciences

Program Options

Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration, Secondary Field

About the Biology Area of Concentration

A concentration in Biology begins with course work in a two-semester sequence (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. Ecology/evolution is represented by course offerings including Ecology, Forest Ecology, Biology of Urbanization, Evolution and Animal Behavior.

“I chose to attend New College because it will prepare me for the challenges of medical school and the practice of medicine and medical research itself.”

Saurav Kiri
Biology Student and Archimedes Scholar

Featured Course

Recent Courses

  • Biology of Sharks, Skates and Rays
  • Biology of Urbanization
  • Biostatistics
  • Coral Reef Ecology
  • Epidemiology Matters: An Introduction
  • Florida Natural History
  • Fundamentals of Applied Genetics
  • Global Health and Humanity
  • Introduction to Entomology
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Oceanography
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Marine Mammal Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Organismic Biology
  • Sex, Gender, Mind and Brain
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Topics in Genomics
  • Tropical Disease Epidemiology

Career Outcomes

New College graduates from the Biology program have earned prestigious Fulbright awards, attended medical school and doctoral programs, and pursued careers in pharmaceutical research, biosciences, and software development. Fields that fit well with a Biology degree include:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Science Policy
  • Zoology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Veterinary Sciences

Pre-Health Program

In an effort to share valuable resources and create strong connections between students, the Pre-Health program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare and medicine, and includes Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Pharmaceutical.

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Natural Sciences Division

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Heiser Natural Sciences Complex 172C

Biology Faculty

Dr. Amy Clore

Professor of Biology

Erika Díaz Almeyda

Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Dr. Kristopher Fennie

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Co-Director of Health Cultures and Societies

Dr. Jayne M. Gardiner

Associate Professor of Biology

Sandra Gilchrist

Professor of Biology & Marine Science

Natural Sciences Division Chair

Dr. Emily Heffernan

Associate Provost

Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Dr. Elizabeth C. Leininger

Associate Professor of Biology

Tyrone Ryba

Associate Professor of Bioinformatics

Dr. Athena Rycyk

Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Science

Alfred Beulig

Emeritus Professor of Biology

Leo Demski

Emeritus Professor of Biology

Founding Director Pritzker Marine Biology Center

Dr. Elzie McCord Jr.

Emeritus Professor of Biology