As part of URI’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS), the Department of Biological Sciences offers excellent undergraduate training in basic biology and competitive graduate research opportunities within many biological subdisciplines. Students are able to focus on the study of animals or plants while specializing in areas such as ecology and evolutionary biology, cell and developmental biology, physiology, molecular biology, and marine biology. Ideally located within southern Rhode Island, our modern laboratories are just minutes away from extensive wooded areas, streams, ponds, estuaries, rocky shores, sandy beaches, and open ocean waters.
Undergraduate degree programs include the Bachelor of Arts in Biology [offered jointly with the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology], the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, and the Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology.
Undergraduate research opportunities abound within our department addressing topics from the evolution of genomes to the effect of climate change on terrestrial and marine organisms. Our projects are based throughout southern New England, and in recent years faculty and students have worked and collaborated with colleagues across the United States and in Canada, England, France, Japan, China, the Philippines, Brunei, New Zealand, Bermuda, Belize, Venezuela, the Antarctic, and the Caribbean.
We are always seeking diverse and qualified applicants who are committed to research and advanced studies in the biological disciplines represented among our faculty. Faculty in the Biological Sciences Department participate in the interdepartmental Biological and Environmental Sciences M.S and Ph.D. programs.