Biology, Biological Sciences, Marine Biology

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in biology and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in biological sciences and in marine biology. Both B.S. degrees satisfy the course requirements for application to medical, dental, or veterinary school programs.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BIOLOGY

The B.A. in Biology is a liberal arts degree that provides a foundation in biology as well as the flexibility to choose courses in other subject areas. Many students use this flexibility to pursue a minor or a second major. This prepares them for careers that require interdisciplinary training in science, along with the arts, humanities, or social sciences. B.A. Biology is also an ideal second major for students pursuing a degree in secondary education. We encourage students to earn credits toward this degree by participating in research projects with faculty members.

Students selecting a major in biology must complete a minimum of 30 credits (maximum 45 credits) in the major 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 first three lists (A, B, and C) below. The balance of 30 credits may be selected from lists A-D. Students in this major must complete two courses in chemistry with laboratories, and one course in MTH or STA numbered 103 or above. BIO 105, 181G 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. List D (other): CMB 242, 245, 320, 333, 334, 413, 414, 415, 416, 432, 435, 483; up to three credits of the following independent study or special topics courses: AFS 491, 492; AVS 491, 492; BIO 491, 492; CMB 491, 492; NRS 491, 492; PLS 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.

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 combines essential training in modern biological sciences with opportunities to specialize in sub-disciplines such as biodiversity, ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, or molecular, cellular, or developmental biology. We emphasize contemporary research that seeks to expand the frontiers of science, through classroom and laboratory instruction and opportunities to conduct original research under the guidance of faculty members. Graduates are employed as professionals in the public and private sectors, and satisfies the course requirements for application to medical, dental, or veterinary  or pursue graduate work in all areas of the biological sciences. 

A minimum of 35 credits in BIO is required and must include 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) and at least three BIO laboratory courses in addition to 103 and 104 and excluding 491 and 492. The 23 credits must also 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, 385, 404, 412, 417); Physiology (BIO 201, 242/244, 346).  BIO 105, 181G, 286 and 498 are not for major credit.

Students must also take CHM 101, 102, 112, 114 or CHM 191, 192; CHM 226, 227, 228 or 124, 126, 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.

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

List A (plant biology): BIO 308, 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 the minimum of 35 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 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 101 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, 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 in the public and private sectors. We encourage students to participate in lab, field, and shipboard research with faculty members. Graduates work in marine and environmental science and policy, or continue their education in veterinary school or in graduate school in a wide range of 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, 486; AVS 440, BIO 308, 310, 345, 354, 355, 365, 385, 412, 418, 441, 455, 457, 469, 475, 485, 563; NRS 475; OCE 575; OCG 420, 480, 561, 576. Students are encouraged to participate in research; up to three credits of Independent Study or Special Topics (BIO 491, 492, 495) in the following disciplines may be applied toward this requirement: AFS, AVS, BIO, CMB, NRS, OCG and PLS. Students must take at least two BIO laboratory courses in addition to 103, 104 and 360, and excluding 491, 492, and 495.

In addition, students must take CHM 101, 102, 112, 114 or CHM 191, 192; CHM 226, 227, 228 or CHM 124,126, 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; and 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.