Welcome to the web pages of the Department of Biological Sciences! The information
presented here will introduce you to our faculty, staff, programs, and the many
opportunities for student involvement.
The University of Rhode Island campus is in an ideal geographic
position for many types of biological endeavors. Situated in the village of Kingston
in southern Rhode Island, well-equipped campus laboratories are just minutes away
from extensive wooded areas, streams, ponds, estuaries, rocky shores, and beaches.
The Narragansett Bay Campus, home of the University's world-renowned
Graduate School of Oceanography, is about a ten-minute drive to the east. URI's Alton Jones
Campus, site of ongoing terrestrial and aquatic investigations, is about 35 minutes to the
northwest. Boston and Cape Cod are each about an hour and a half drive from campus. Not
all research efforts are restricted to southern New England -- in recent years faculty
and students have conducted investigations 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.
The Department of Biological Sciences offers sound undergraduate training in basic biology. Students are able to
focus on the study of animals (zoology) or plants (botany). Close access to the sea provides an ability for students
to pursue an exciting marine emphasis. The breadth of faculty teaching and research interests
allows students to gain some specialization in subdisciplines of biology such as ecology and evolutionary biology,
cell and developmental biology, physiology, and molecular biology. Undergraduate degree programs in Biological Sciences
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.
Because of the stress on basic biology and the supporting sciences of mathematics, chemistry, and physics,
degrees offered by the Department assist students with a wide range of interests in the health and environmental sciences, as well as
students who understand the advantage of gaining a broad background in biology at the undergraduate level.
The faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences greatly encourages undergraduate participation in ongoing research programs. Each semester undergrads may be seen in nearly all of the research laboratories within the Department. This type of experience, and the possibility of academic year and summer internships, study abroad, and involvement in the National Student Exchange Program, help focus student interest on specific professional goals. Our students head in many directions after graduation: they take jobs in the public and private sectors, elementary and secondary education, physical therapy programs, graduate school, or enter professional schools (dental, medical, veterinary).
At the graduate level, the Department of Biological Sciences offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biological Sciences. The Department is always seeking qualified applicants who are committed to advanced studies in subdisciplines of biology represented among the faculty.
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