Undergraduate Degrees

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Majors

Environment
Animal Science & Technology: B.S.

In addition to preparation for veterinary school, the major is designed to prepare students for employment in the animal science, animal biotechnology, companion animal care, livestock and exotic animal management professions.

Biological Sciences, B.S.

The B. S. Biological Sciences degree offers rigorous training in biology and related sciences such as chemistry, math, and physics. Our flexible program allows students to specialize in plant or animal biology and in subdisciplines such as ecology, evolution, physiology, cell or developmental biology, with many opportunities to participate in research and independent study.

Biology: B.A.

The B. A. in Biology is a liberal arts degree which serves students who wish to combine the study of biology with a second major or strong Minor as a means of gaining broader training for careers in areas needing scientific knowledge and other background or skills such as education, environmental law, science journalism or wildlife photography.

Cell and Molecular Biology: BS

The major in Cell and Molecular Biology, with tracks in biochemistry, microbiology and biotechnology, provides students with in-depth knowledge and training in cellular and molecular processes occurring in all organisms. These are the foundation for understanding how organisms function in and affect environments and interact with other organisms. Education and training opportunities include laboratory research and internship opportunities. The major prepares students for graduate and professional schools, and careers in environmental sciences, biotechnology and governmental environment-related agencies.

Environmental Horticulture & Turfgrass Management: B.S.

The major in environmental horticulture and turfgrass management prepares undergraduate students for professional careers in both the public and private sectors. Flexible course requirements allow students to develop individual areas of concentration and prepare for a variety of positions after graduation.

Environmental Science & Management: B.S.

Environmental Science and Management is a multi-disciplinary major, incorporating course work in water resources, wetland ecology, wildlife biology, soil science, forestry, and land use/environmental quality relationships with other disciplines.

Health
Biological Sciences, B.S.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers sound undergraduate training in basic biology. The program allows students to specialize in plant or animal biology, and in one or several subdisciplines, such as ecology, physiology, evolution, behavior, cell or developmental biology.

Biology: B.A.

The B.A. in Biology 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 subdiscipline of biology, to participate in independent study or research with faculty members.  The B.A. in Biology directly serves students who wish to combine the study of biology with another major as a means of gaining broad training for careers in areas needing depth of scientific knowledge and other background or skills.

Cell and Molecular Biology: BS

The major in Cell and Molecular Biology, with tracks in biochemistry, microbiology and biotechnology, gives students a strong knowledge of the cellular and molecular processes occurring in all organisms, which is the foundation for physiology, disease, medicine and biotechnology. The major also offers laboratory research and industry internship opportunities. The education and training prepare students for graduate, medical and other professional schools, and careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, health care, education and the federal agencies.

Medical Laboratory Science & Biotechnology Manufacturing B.S.

The major in Medical Laboratory Science has two tracks. The Medical Laboratory Science Track includes a one-year, accredited internship at several regional medical centers and prepares you to become a certified/licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist. It prepares you for careers in the medical laboratory, public health, and medical device industries. The Biotechnology Manufacturing Track, which is based at the URI Providence Biotechnology Center, has a full-time, one-semester internship at a regional life sciences company. It prepares you for careers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomedical research industries. The major also prepares you for graduate or professional school.

Nutrition & Dietetics B.S.

The Nutrition and Dietetics major prepares students for careers in nutrition-related fields. There are two options: The Nutrition option and the Dietetics option. Both options require the same courses in the first year, so you will have time to decide which is best for you.

Policy & Economics
Marine Affairs B.A.

Marine affairs is the multi-disciplinary, systematic study of the human uses of coastal and ocean space and the resources found there. The BA is distinguished by a special focus on law and policy.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics B.S.

Learn economic concepts to understand why our earth’s natural resources are under threat, and what we can do to address these threats. Gain tools to assess how environmental policies and green markets (or not work!) Prepare for jobs in green businesses, consulting, nonprofit organizations and the government sector.

Marine
Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology B.S.

The aquaculture program at the University of Rhode Island, begun in 1969 and administered by the Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences (FAVS), is one of the oldest aquaculture programs in the northeastern United States. Students in our aquaculture program have come from throughout the United States and from many foreign countries.

Marine Affairs B.S.

Marine affairs is the multi-disciplinary, systematic study of the human uses of coastal and ocean space and the resources found there.  The BS is distinguished by a special focus on science and policy.

Marine Biology B.S.

The B. S. Marine Biology is designed for students who plan to pursue marine biology at a professional level or who wish to use their training and expertise in a wide range of careers. Our program allows students to explore the vast world of marine biology while also providing an important foundation in modern biological sciences, chemistry, math, physics and oceanography.

Geology & Geological Oceanography: B.S.

Obtain a basic foundation in geology, with an option to specialize in geological oceanography. Opportunities for time on a research vessel, fieldwork, and laboratory research experience. Prepares students for careers in private industry, government, non-profit work, and education.

Landscape Architecture: B.L.A.

Landscape Architecture is a green profession where design, art, ecology and technology merge. It is a degree that leads to a professional career where you can design parks, residential developments, campuses and entire communities.

Wildlife & Conservation Biology B.S.

Students enrolled in the Wildlife & Conservation Biology major study a combination of the natural sciences and principles of managing wildlife populations and their habitats.


Minors

Biological Sciences (Interdepartmental)

Biology: Students who declare biology as a minor must take BIO 101/103, BIO 102/104 and MIC 211 or MIC 201. The remaining courses may be selected from BCH 311 and any BIO or MIC course. At least 18-20 credits are required, and at least 12 of the 20 credits must be taken at the 200 level or above.

Marine Biology

At least 20 credits, which includes 8 credits of General Biology (BIO 101/103 and 102/104, or equivalent, e.g., AP), 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. Marine Biology degree. 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.

Students from any college may develop a minor from one of the majors offered by the College of the Environment & Life Sciences.