John Kirby, Dean
Deborah Sheely, Associate Dean for Extension and Agricultural Programs
Carol Thornber, Associate Dean for Research
Anne I. Veeger, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Kimberly M. Anderson, Assistant Dean
In the College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS), we strive for excellence in teaching, research, and service. Our mission is to provide our students with the skills, knowledge, and insight needed to meet the challenges of today’s world; address contemporary problems through innovative, relevant scholarly research; and, in the tradition of our Land Grant and Sea Grant heritage, extend our research-based knowledge to the local, state, and global community. While the interests and expertise of the faculty, students, and professional staff of the College are diverse, ranging from the most basic aspects of the biological systems that make up life on earth to the complexity of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, the CELS community is united in its concern for and dedication to the enhancement of human health and well-being, environmental sustainability, and stewardship of the earth’s resources.
Degrees and Majors
The College of the Environment and Life Sciences offers undergraduate majors leading to two degrees: the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). See specific programs for options that prepare students for graduate study, professional training, or specialized careers.
Majors: Bachelor of Science
Animal Science and Technology
Aquaculture and Fishery Technology
Cell and Molecular Biology
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Environmental Science and Management
Geology and Geological Oceanography
Medical Laboratory Science
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Majors: Bachelor of Arts
Minor: The College of the Environment and Life Sciences offers students in any major the opportunity to develop a minor. See Minor Fields of Study for requirements and options relating to minors, along with a list of approved interdepartmental minors.
Experiential Education: CELS encourages students in all majors to pursue opportunities such as undergraduate research fellowships, internships, apprenticeships, and field studies that will complement their formal classroom learning.
Graduate Study: Graduate study is offered at the Certificate, Master, and Doctoral levels. For information on admission, degree requirements, and descriptions of each program, see the listing of advanced programs and degrees in the “Graduate Programs” section of this catalog.
Fifth-year Master of Oceanography Program: The fifth-year Master of Oceanography (M.O.) program is designed for URI students who want to enter the Graduate School of Oceanography’s M.O. program while still an undergraduate and complete the degree in the year following completion of the undergraduate bachelor’s degree. The program is open to qualified URI undergraduates in the natural sciences or engineering. Eligibility and program requirements can be found in the “Graduate Programs” section of this catalog.
For more information on programs, degrees and other matters within the College, visit uri.edu/cels or call 401.874.2957.
Degrees Recently Moved to Another College
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture – For information on the curriculum requirements for URI’s B.L.A. degree, see Landscape Architecture in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.
Bachelor of Science, Nutrition and Dietetics – For more information on the curriculum requirements for URI’s B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics degree, see Nutrition and Dietetics in the College of Health Sciences section of this catalog.
In case of discrepancies between this Catalog and the departmental materials, the URI Catalog is considered definitive. Departmental websites and departmental curricular and course materials are maintained independently and do not necessarily reflect University-approved curricular and course information.