B.A. in Biology and B.A. in Chemistry
Immaculata offers a variety of biology degrees that allow you to choose electives that suit your areas of interest and your career plans. The B.A. in Biology combined with the B.A. in Chemistry is intended for students pursuing interdisciplinary careers requiring a strong foundation in both biology and chemistry.
Because of the considerable overlap in the biology and chemistry programs, this special combination is possible in the normal four years of undergraduate study. If you need to take courses to fulfill prerequisites, your degree may take longer. Learn more about general prerequisites and transferring credits.
- Strong foundation in liberal arts
- Preparation for careers in research, education, and medicine
- Provides a foundation for graduate study at the cutting edge of science
- Scholarships are available for community college students through the STEM Scholars Program.
Immaculata biology and chemistry majors are prepared for technical positions in academic, industrial, government research and quality control laboratories, and field stations. Students who also develop good writing skills expand their opportunities for careers, such as work in scientific publishing and abstracting.
The biology and chemistry programs also provide excellent training for students intending to continue their studies in graduate and professional schools in preparation for entering professions such as professors, principal investigators, physicians, veterinarians, and more. If you are interested in the field of medicine, the Advisory Committee for the Medical Professions provides information, advisement, and services to prepare you for a career in medicine (including physician's assistant), dentistry, optometry, podiatry, or veterinary medicine.
View the Course Sequence Sheet for this program.
Qualified students are encouraged to carry out undergraduate research projects in their junior and senior years under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The research may take the form of summer internships on- or off-campus or independent courses during the regular academic year. Information on extramural research internship opportunities is kept on file and is available to all science students.
Learn more about research opportunities.
Upon successfully completing your biology and chemistry program, you will be able to:
- have a basic scientific knowledge of yourself, your surroundings, and living systems
- understand the physical and chemical processes of living systems at the molecular level
- follow safe, proper procedures to set up laboratory equipment and prepare specimens
- apply the scientific method and analyze and interpret data using statistics, models, and computers
- evaluate ethical considerations in modern biological research
- think critically and communicate well in writing
- understand current topics in biological and chemical sciences