Program Overview

Immaculata's Bachelor of Arts in Biology allows you to pursue a wide variety of interdisciplinary careers requiring a strong foundation in biology. This program satisfies the biology content requirements for secondary education certification.

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

Christina Rosario, biology major, research specialist"Although I learned a lot in this program, the one thing that hugely helps me in my work today was learning how to successfully interpret, understand, and present research papers in my molecular biology class. As a research specialist, I am expected to translate what I learn from different research articles into each experiment that I perform and analyze. Receiving one-on-one time with my professor, I was able to get the help I needed to master this skill that isn’t widely taught at other universities.

"The courses at Immaculata academically and mentally prepared me to work in the field of biology. Having the ability to choose electives allowed me to focus my studies on a specific topic of biology that I found an interest in. Challenging at times, my professors were extremely knowledgeable, approachable, and wanted to see each of their students succeed. Learning with them in small classes helped me to stand out from other applicants, whether it be for an internship or job."

          —Christina Rosario '17, HIV Vaccine Research Specialist, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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. Biology graduates with teaching certification find excellent positions in public and private high schools.

The biology programs also provide excellent training for students intending to continue their studies in graduate and professional schools in preparation for careers 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.


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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