Biology, Biological Sciences, Marine Biology

These programs are administered by the Department of Biological Sciences. A student may earn either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in biology or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biological sciences or marine biology.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BIOLOGY

The B.A. in Biology is a broad program of study with a high degree of flexibility. Students earn a liberal arts degree, which provides a basic foundation in biology together with the option to choose courses in other disciplines. Students may want to use this opportunity to obtain further in-depth training in a particular sub-discipline of biology, to participate in independent study or research with faculty members in Biological Sciences and other departments in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS), or to take courses in other degree programs to explore other fields and increase their choice of future careers.

Students selecting a major in biology must complete a minimum of 28 credits (maximum 45 credits) in biological sciences including the following courses: BIO 101/103 and 102/104 (8), and CMB 201 or 211 (4). They must also complete a minimum of three credits from each of the three lists (A, B, and C) below. The remaining nine credits may be selected from courses in biology and/or cell and molecular biology. Students in this major must elect a year of chemistry with laboratories. Up to three credits of independent study or special topics in the following disciplines may be applied toward this bachelor’s degree: AFS, AVS, BIO, CMB, NRS, and PLS.  BIO 105 and 498 are not for major credit.

List A (plant biology): BIO 311, 321, 323, 332, 346, 348, 365, 418. List B (animal biology): BIO 121, 201, 242, 244, 286, 300, 301, 302, 354, 355, 366, 385, 386, 404, 412, 417, 441, 445, 467.  List C (integrative biology): BIO 262, 272, 341, 345, 352, 353, 360, 396, 437, 452, 455, 457, 480, 485, 491, 492.

Those wishing to prepare for a professional career in the life sciences should enroll in one of the B.S. programs (descriptions follow).

Students must maintain a 2.00 grade point average in BIO and CMB courses used to meet graduation requirements. A total of 120 credits is required in the B.A. program. At least 42 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above. Only three credits of 491, 492 may be used for biology elective.

In order to transfer from University College for Academic Success to the College of the Environment and Life Sciences as a Biology major (or be coded as such in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences), a student must have earned 30 credits including BIO 101, 102, 103, 104 with grades of C or better.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

The B.S. in Biological Sciences provides extensive training in fundamental biological principles while allowing students to specialize in sub-disciplines such as ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, molecular, cell, or developmental biology. We emphasize exposure to ongoing research that seeks to expand the frontiers of science; students are encouraged to work with faculty and researchers to develop and conduct original research in their chosen field. Graduates work in a variety of fields, enroll in medical, dental, or veterinary schools, or pursue graduate work in the biological sciences. 

A minimum of 35 credits in biology is required and must include BIO 101/103 , 102/104 and 352 (12 credits). The remaining 23 credits must include at least one course from List A (plant biology) and one course from List B (animal biology). At least three laboratory courses beyond BIO 101/103 and 102/104 must be taken, excluding 491, and 492. The 23 credits must include at least one course from each of three of the following five areas: Cell and Development (BIO 302, 311, 341); Ecology and Evolution (BIO 262, 272); Molecular Biology (BIO 437); Organismal Diversity (BIO 321, 323, 354, 365, 366, 404, 417; Physiology (BIO 201, 242/244, 346).  BIO 105, 286 and 498 are not for major credit.

In addition, students must take CHM 101, 102, 112, 114, or CHM 191,192, and CHM 226, 227, 228 or 124, 126, and CMB 311; CMB 201 or 211; two semesters of introductory calculus (MTH 131, 132 or 141, 142) or one semester of calculus and STA 308; PHY 111, 112, 185, 186 or PHY 203, 204, 273, 274; and WRT 104 or 106.

Students are encouraged to participate in research through Special Problems (491, 492). Up to three credits of 491, 492, or Independent Study or Special Topics in the following disciplines may be applied toward the major requirements: AFS, AVS, BIO, CMB, NRS, and PLS.

List A (plant biology): BIO 311, 321, 323, 332, 346, 348, 365, 418. List B (animal biology): BIO 121, 201, 242, 244, 300, 301, 302, 354, 355, 366, 385, 386, 404, 412, 417, 441, 445, 467.

Students must maintain a 2.00 grade point average in BIO courses used to meet graduation requirements. A total of 120 credits is required for graduation.

In order to transfer from University College for Academic Success to the College of the Environment and Life Sciences as a Biological Sciences major (or be coded as such in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences), a student must have earned 30 credits including BIO 101, 103, 102, 104 with grades of C or better; CHM 112 with a grade of C- or better.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MARINE BIOLOGY

The B.S. in Marine Biology allows students to explore the vast world of marine biology while providing an important foundation in modern biological sciences. It is designed for students who plan to work in marine biology, marine ecology, biological oceanography, marine conservation, or related fields at a professional level, or who wish to apply their training to a wide range of other exciting careers. We encourage students to participate in lab, field and shipboard research with faculty and other researchers and to develop and conduct original research in their areas of interest. Graduates work in a variety of marine and environmental fields, or continue their education in veterinary school, or in graduate school in marine biology, oceanography and related fields

A minimum of 36 credits is required and must include BIO 101/103, 102/104, 130, 352 and 360 (17 credits) and at least one course from each of three of the following five areas: Cell and Developmental Biology (BIO 302, 311, 341); Ecology and Evolution (BIO 262, 272); Molecular Biology (BIO 437); Organismal Diversity (BIO 321, 323, 354, 365, 366; 404, 412, 417; CMB 211); Physiology (BIO 201, 346). The balance of the 36 credits must be selected from among the Marine Biology electives: AFS 415; AVS 440, BIO 345, 354, 355, 365, 412, 418, 441, 455, 457, 469, 475, 485, 563; OCE 575; OCG 420, 480, 561, 576. Students are encouraged to participate in research; up to three credits of BIO 491, 492, 495, or Independent Study or Special Topics in the following disciplines may be applied toward this requirement: AFS, AVS, BIO, CMB, NRS, OCG and PLS. Students must take at least two laboratory courses in addition to BIO 101/103, 102/104 and 360, excluding BIO 491, 492, and 495.

In addition, students must take CHM 101/102, 112/114 or CHM 191, 192, and CHM 226, 227, and 228 or CHM 124/126, and CMB 311; two semesters of calculus (MTH 131, 132 or MTH 141, 142) or one semester of calculus and STA 308; OCG 301 or 451; PHY 111/112, 185/186 (or PHY 203, 204, 273, 274); WRT 104, or 106.

Students must maintain a 2.00 grade point average in BIO courses used to meet the minimum of 36 credits for the major. A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. In order to transfer from University College for Academic Success to the College of Environment and Life Sciences as a Marine Biology major (or be coded as such in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences), a student must have earned 30 credits including BIO 101, 102, 103, 104 with grades of C or better and CHM 101 with a grade of C- or better.

The Minor. The minor in marine biology requires at least 20 credits, including 8 credits of General Biology (BIO 101/103 and 102/104, or equivalent, e.g., Advanced Placement), Marine Biology (BIO 360), and at least 8 additional credits chosen from among courses counted as marine biology electives for the B.S. degree in marine biology. A maximum of 3 credits in research (e.g., BIO 491, 492) may be counted towards the minor. At least half of the credits for the minor must be earned at URI. A minimum GPA of 2.00 must be earned in the credits required for the minor. Application for a minor must be filed with the coordinator of the Marine Biology Program prior to the completion of the first semester of the senior year.