Program Overview

Immaculata’s Bachelor of Science in Biology provides excellent preparation for technical careers in industry, government, or academia and for graduate school and research. This program satisfies all pre-medicine and pre-veterinary requirements.

It is possible to complete your biology degree in four years of full-time study after prerequisites are met. If you need to take courses to fulfill prerequisites, your degree may take longer. Learn more about general prerequisites and transferring credits.

Program Highlights

  • 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

Kathleen Crossman, biology major and veterinary student"One of my favorite classes was Vertebrate Structure & Function with Dr. Carl Pratt. Seeing the inner workings of sharks and eels and other organisms gave me a fascinating and thorough base of knowledge to build my veterinary medicine education upon. And he always had time to have a conversation with me about my career plans.

"Molecular Biology with Dr. Jean Shingle, who not only is a wonderful teacher but an amazing advisor as well, was another highlight. Her style of teaching is engaging. She is constantly aware of her students’ needs and does all in her power to meet them. Her method of guiding students towards discovering the answer of a question for themselves, rather than explicitly answering it, has always appealed to me.

"We had weekly presentations from professionals working in the most fascinating careers in the field of biology, granting students an in-depth look at a day in the life of potential careers. Every professor seemed to have an interesting project or research opportunity in the works, and it was not uncommon to find a huddle of them discussing it in the halls and welcoming student input."  

                           —Kathleen Crossman ’14, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine candidate

Career Potential

Immaculata biology majors are prepared for technical positions in academic, industrial, government research and quality control laboratories, and field stations. Biology majors who also develop good writing skills expand their opportunities for careers, such as work in scientific publishing and abstracting.

The B.S. in Biology also provides excellent training if you intend to continue your studies in graduate, professional, or medical school. 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 assistant), dentistry, optometry, podiatry, or veterinary medicine.


Day courses are required. Course Sequence Sheets - Prerequisites Completed, Prerequisites Needed


Engagement in research is a requirement for students in our biology bachelor’s degree programs, and you can begin research with your professors as early as your freshman year. You’ll gain experience as you develop a hypothesis, create a plan to test it, troubleshoot, and draw conclusions from the results.

Research opportunities include summer internships on or off campus, faculty-directed research, or independent study during the academic year. Internship information is kept on file and emailed to students as opportunities arise, and the Office of Career Development can also assist you with getting an internship.

In your capstone seminar, you will give written and oral presentations of your research results. You may also have the opportunity to present your research at an undergraduate research symposium. Our students routinely present their work at local and regional conferences, and this is a great addition to their resumes.

Learn more about biology research opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing your biology program, you will be able to:

  • have a basic scientific knowledge of yourself, your surroundings, and living systems
  • 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 sciences

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