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. The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in biological and environmental sciences.

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Biology.

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 MIC 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 microbiology. 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, BCH, BIO, MIC, NRS, and PLS.  BIO 105 is 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,  302, 334, 335, 354, 355, 366, 385, 386, 404 (304), 412, 417, 441, 442, 445, 467, 469, 475. List C (integrative biology): BIO 262, 272, 341, 345, 352, 353, 360, 396, 437, 452, 455, 457, 472, 480, 485, 491, 492.

Students in this major must fulfill the Basic Liberal Studies requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Those wishing to prepare for a professional career in the life sciences should enroll in the B.S. program (description follows).

Students must maintain a 2.00 grade point average in BIO and MIC 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

The following curricula provide a foundation in the fundamental principles of biology and marine biology, and are concerned with the application of biological science to problems of modern life. They also provide preparation for graduate work in biological fields including aquatic, environmental, and marine studies; molecular, cellular, and developmental biology; biological oceanography; genetics and physiology, and preparation for admission to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.

Students who know their professional goals are encouraged to declare a major as soon as possible to take advantage of help from department advisors. Students must declare their major when leaving University College for Academic Success.

Biological Sciences.

The Major. A minimum of 35 credits in biology is required and must include BIO 101/103 , 102/104 and 352 (12). 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, 492, and 495. 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 (304), 417; Physiology (BIO 201, 242/244, 346).  BIO 105, 286 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 BCH 311; MIC 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 and three additional credits of English communication, (oral or written) used to meet CELS general education requirements.

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, BCH, BIO, MIC, 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, 302, 334, 335, 354, 355, 366, 385, 386, 404 (304), 412, 417, 441, 445, 467, 469, 475.

Students are strongly urged to consult the biological sciences advisors to obtain detailed programs of the various subdisciplinary paths through the department most suited to their particular career goals.

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 Biology 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.

Marine Biology.

The Major. A minimum of 36 credits in biological sciences is required for the major and must include BIO 101/103, 102/104, 130, 352 and 360 (17). The remaining 19 credits must include 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 (304), 417; MIC 211); Physiology (BIO 201, 346). The balance of the 36 credits must be selected from the following Marine Biology electives: AFS 486; AVS 440, BIO 345, 354, 355, 365, 412, 418, 441, 455, 457, 469, 475, 485, 491, 492, 495, 563; OCG 420, 576. Students are encouraged to participate in research through Special Problems (491, 492, or 495). 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, BCH, BIO, MIC, NRS, and PLS. Students must take at least two laboratory courses in biological sciences in addition to BIO 101/103, 102/104 and 360 excluding BIO 491, 492, and 495.

In addition, the student must take CHM 101, 102, 112, 114 or CHM 191, 192, and CHM 226, 227, and 228 or CHM 124, 126, and BCH 311; two semesters of introductory calculus (MTH 131, 132 or MTH 141, 142) or one semester of calculus and STA 308; OCG 401 or 451; PHY 111, 112, 185, 186 (or PHY 203, 204, 273, 274); WRT 104, or 106 and three additional credits of English Communication, (oral or written) used to meet the College general education requirements.

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 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; 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 at the 200-level or above, 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.