Have you ever wondered how microorganisms cause disease, what role bacteria play in global climate change, or what genetic and biochemical changes lead to cancer?
Become a part of an active team of investigators and explore questions like this by joining professors and graduate students engaged in experimental laboratory research and field research. Experiential learning is an integral part of the major, and you can present your research findings at regional, national, or even international scientific meetings. You can also take advantage of National Science Foundation, RI Sea Grant, and National Institutes of Health funded programs to conduct research over the summer while receiving a stipend.
The degree is well suited for students with an interest in the basic sciences, health related fields or a desire to work in biotechnology, especially the biopharmaceutical industry. The four degree options (biochemistry, bioinformatics, microbiology, and general) allow students to take courses focusing on the breadth of the molecular biosciences and to gain a strong background in the chemistry of living systems.