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Biology, B.A., B.S.

Study the natural world and how living creatures function and interact in their environments.

Develop a solid foundation in biology and general science, gain research experience and prepare for a career in medicine, industry, education or research. Apply the scientific method to study organisms and their chemical, molecular and ecological aspects. Use statistics, models and software to analyze and interpret data. Evaluate ethical considerations in modern biological research.

Immaculata's B.S. in biology focuses on preparing you for technical careers in industry, government or academia, or for further studies in graduate school. Faculty share information and advise you as you apply to professional programs such as medical or veterinary schools.  Courses taken to complete the Bachelor of Science can also count toward a pre-med or pre-vet minor and satisfy all pre-medical and pre-veterinary prerequisite course requirements.

The B.A. in biology is for interdisciplinary careers requiring a strong foundation in biology combined with minor studies in another discipline and satisfies required biology content for secondary education certification.

At A Glance

Program: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Audience: Undergraduate students
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: August 26, 2024
Time to Completion Four years

"The Biology program at Immaculata University opened many doors for me and gave me a great jump start on my career in the biopharmaceutical industry. Through Immaculata's connections, I was able to secure a paid summer internship during undergrad that helped me stand out on job applications, and I accepted my first job offer immediately after graduating. The biology faculty played a huge role in preparing me for this industry by challenging me in the classroom and helping me apply my knowledge in a lab setting."

Kayla Sponsel '20
Process Development Scientist at Center for Breakthrough Medicines

Our alumni work as lab technicians, medical assistants, research specialists, veterinary assistants, biology teachers and more. Some alumni jobs include:

  • Biotechnician, Merck
  • Medical Device Sales Representative, Acumed
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson
  • Product Specialist, Leica Microsystems
  • Senior Clinical Trial Specialist, ReSearch Pharmaceutical
  • Veterinarian, Hickory Veterinary Hospital
  • Senior Research Investigator, University of Pennsylvania
  • Educator, Elmwood Zoo
  • Laboratory Technician, Charles River Laboratories
  • Downstream Process Development Scientist, Eurofins Scientific

Our alumni have also been accepted to medical school, veterinary school, pharmacy school and graduate programs in biochemistry and public health.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median salaries for careers in biology include:

Median salaries for careers that require additional postgraduate education include:

  • Explore scientific concepts and gain experience with top-notch equipment in IU’s Parsons Science Pavilion, with modern biology, anatomy and physiology labs. Learn safe, proper procedures for setting up lab equipment and preparing specimens.
  • Use advanced technical and educational tools under the direction of our outstanding faculty. Study anatomy and physiology through high-resolution images on Immaculata’s Anatomage Table, an advanced 3-D anatomy visualization system used by many leading medical schools.
  • Discover career options and discuss current issues during science colloquium sessions, when visiting scholars, faculty and guests give lectures and discuss research, medicine and career information.
  • Conduct a required research project with a faculty mentor to explore organisms at the chemical and molecular levels. Opportunities include summer research internships, off-campus field experiences or independent study during the academic year.
  • Present your research in a capstone seminar. Our students have also presented their research projects at undergraduate symposiums.
  • Customize your degree by choosing upper-level, in-depth courses in topics that interest you, such as developmental biology, microbiology and comparative animal behavior.
  • You may qualify for admissions benefits at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Salus University through Immaculata’s graduate school partnerships.
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