Biology and Biological Sciences

While engaged in the supportive environment of an internship, apprenticeship or special project, you can test career goals, enhance professional skills, develop self-reliance, self-esteem, and responsibility. Furthermore, these opportunities encourage networking with professionals and will provide increased marketability for employment after graduation.

Below are your options for earning experiential credits. Please meet with your academic advisor before making a final decision regarding which option is best for you.

BIO 419 Field experience in Herpetology


  • Pre: concurrent enrollment in or credit for NRS/BIO 417, and permission of instructor. S/U only. Not for graduate credit.


  • Cross-listed as (NRS), BIO 419. Capstone field trip in herpetology to region with higher amphibian and reptile diversity, such as Appalachia, to hone skills in identification, broaden understanding of ecology, and apply fieldresearch methods.


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  • 401-874-2120

BIO 491/492: Independent Biological Research


  • Permission of Faculty Member


  • Individualized laboratory, field or literature research projects
  • Earn 1 – 3 credits (S/U Only); may be repeated up to 6 credits



Explore Past Internship Opportunities

The following list is a SAMPLE of placements in which environmental, marine, health and economic-related students have participated for experiential credits. This list is not exhaustive.

Rhode Island Internships

  • American Cancer Society, New England
  • Bioactive Botanical Research Lab
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Environment RI
  • Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence
  • Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting
  • Narragansett Bay Research Reserve
  • Newport Hospital
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary
  • Ocean State Clean Cities
  • RI Department of Environment Management
  • RI Department of Health
  • RI Hospital
  • RI Eye Institute
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Save the Bay
  • South County Hospital
  • Sport and Spine Physical Therapy
  • URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America
  • URI Recreational Services
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • West Bay Family YMCA Athletic Training
  • Westerly Animal Hospital
  • WPRI/WNAC-TV-Meterology

Out-Of-State Internships

  • American Orthopedics
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden
  • Cabbage Hill Farm
  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Chatham Shellfish Company
  • Fairfield Animal Hospital
  • Groundwater & Environmental Services
  • Harvest New England
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Marine Conservation Biology Institute
  • Marine Environmental Research Institute
  • Marine Fish Conservation Network
  • Mystic Aquarium & Institution of Oceanography
  • Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
  • New York State Institute for Research
  • New England Wild Flower Society
  • Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • Prehab Sports Medicine
  • Student Conservation Association, INC
  • Students for a Just & Sustainable Future
  • UC San Diego Institute of Oceanography, Marine Physical Lab
  • Ullucci Sports Medicine
  • University Orthopedica, INC.

Sources: End-of-year-report pages 34-37: Internship Placements from Fall 2010, Spring 2011, & Summer 2011, and Explore Internship Opportunities by Major Archives 2009-2011

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    ITR302/304: Field Experience & Seminar


    • 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher
    • Minimum 60 credits prior to internship
    • Available free elective credits
    • Good academic and social standing


    • ITR 302 Field Experience: 3-12 credits (S/U grade)
    • ITR 304 Seminar: 3 credits (letter grade)
    • Seminar is asynchronous online via Brightspace


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