Biology is the science of life and includes a wide range of subjects such
as: anatomy, botany, cytology, ecology, genetics, immunology, microbiology,
physiology, and zoology. Within biology, there is something of interest for
Each year, science and technology are becoming more important in today's
global society. Many of the most significant economic, environmental, medical,
and social problems in today's world have biological aspects to them. In
increasing numbers, biologists will be important contributors to solutions for
the critical global and local problems.
A degree in biology is the launching pad for many careers, such as those in
medical and health-related areas, education, environmental science,
biotechnology and other industrial areas, and many government agencies.
Employment can be found at every level- Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D. Job
duties can range from laboratory (or bench) researchers to field biologists. In
addition, it is important for many educators, policy makers, and technical
writers to have an appropriate science background.
What kind of high school preparation is necessary for success as a biology
major at RIC?
You should meet the minimum requirements for admission to RIC: A college
prep program including at least one biology and one chemistry course.
You should be curious about the life around you, from slimy seaweed to furry
You should be motivated to explore how things work, from molecular motors to
You should have the desire to work hard to achieve your goals, one of which
is a degree in Biology from RIC.
What courses will I take as a biology major at RIC?
As a freshman, you will take two semesters of introductory biology and two
semesters of general chemistry along with a college writing course and courses
in the General Education 2000 program.
As a sophomore, you will take cell & molecular biology, genetics, two
semesters of organic chemistry, additional General Education (Gen. Ed.) 2000
courses, and electives of your own choosing.
In your junior and senior years, you will take ecology and pick at least
three other upper-level biology courses along with two semesters of general
physics, and remaining Gen. Ed. 2000 requirements and various electives. You
might consider pursuing an undergraduate research project at this time, which is
an upper-level course taken for credit.
What is special about the biology program at RIC?
Students have direct and frequent access to biology faculty. Our small class
size (lab sections have a 24 student maximum) creates many opportunities for
student-faculty and student-student interaction. All lab sections at RIC are
taught by faculty members.
Nurturing the intellectual development of undergraduate biology majors is
the top priority of all biology faculty at RIC. Motivated students are
encouraged to become involved in research and other activities such as
laboratory preparation to gain "hands-on" experience that will provide a direct
pay-off in building a career in the biological sciences.
At RIC, capable and motivated biology majors may elect to get on the "fast
track" to complete both a BA and MA degree in 5 years.
The success of our graduates speaks to the quality of the educational
experience biology majors receive at RIC. Many of our graduates who go on to
graduate and professional schools with graduates from other colleges and
universities (including some of the most "prestigious" institutions in the
country) report to us that our program prepared them extremely well.