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Biology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Sweet Briar, VA, United States
Studying biology at Sweet Briar is superior because we are small. Our intimate class sizes ensure that you will have unrestrained access to your professors and their expertise. You’ll also enjoy unlimited use of all instrumentation, from day one. During and between your classes and labs you’ll get all the attention you need to master the complex material and techniques required of biology.
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The chief delight of earning a degree in biology is that it enables ambitious students to embark on a variety of attractive careers. A degree in biology lets you enter the rewarding world of medicine at any level, from veterinarian to podiatrist, from pharmacist to athletic trainer, from occupational therapist to neurosurgeon.

It also enables you to spend your life educating citizens about the natural world by working for a zoo, museum or aquarium, or by becoming a biology teacher.

Alternatively, you can choose to work in the ever-more-crucial arena of conservation, with countless opportunities at local, state, federal, international and non-governmental organizations.

Finally, but most exciting to biologists, is the innumerable variety of research opportunities within biology itself. With a degree in biology, you can study any of the 1.5 million known species, from bacteria to broccoli, barracudas or buffalo. Each of these many species represents a black box of the unknown. Each is full of unanswered questions about intracellular phenomena, cellular activities, the anatomy or physiology of whole organisms, or the rules and limits of interactions between organisms within populations, communities or ecosystems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Organisms 
  • Introduction to Cells 
  • Introductory Laboratory Techniques 
  • Hypothesis Testing in Biology 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Completed application — Sweet Briar will accept either the Common Application or online application.
  • Official transcripts of all academic work completed to date. 
  • If applicable, a list of current (senior year) grades
  • A general recommendation from either a high school guidance counselor or high school teacher which addresses the applicant’s interests, attitudes and academic abilities
  • A standardized test is required. Sweet Briar accepts either the SAT or ACT. Official scores must be submitted directly to the College.
  • A full credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES) of all non-U.S. high school and college transcripts
  • College Board’s International Student Certification of Finances
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      21420 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 21420 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      21420 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 21420 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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