Department of Biology, Marine Biology and Environmental Science

Providing the hands-on knowledge and skills students need to launch scientific careers

The mission of the Department of Biology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science is to provide a high-quality education to our students, to advance and promote scholarly research, and to serve the greater academic and non-academic communities in support of our teaching and scholarship missions. We value an environment for learning that includes a broadly-based academic program; opportunities and support for undergraduate research; a collaborative and diverse faculty; an understanding of the process of science; and recognition of the importance of outreach to the greater Rhode Island community.

Students participating in our degree programs will be expected to understand and apply fundamental theories and concepts of the biological or environmental sciences; develop the inquiry and observational skills to formulate scientific questions; understand and develop basic experimental methodology, including the proper use of controls; evaluate evidence critically; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; research the scientific literature using print and electronic resources; understand the ethics and environmental impacts of student and societal actions.

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    Faculty and Staff

    Along with teaching courses, our faculty members maintain active research programs and are committed to providing opportunities for students to become involved in undergraduate research in Biology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science. 

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    Degree Offerings

    The Department of Biology, Marine Biology and Environmental Science offers both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science. Bachelor of Science degrees can be obtained in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science and Biochemistry. Additionally, an undergraduate certificate is available for Biotechnology.

    Minors are also offered in Aquaculture and Aquarium ScienceBiology, Environmental Science, and Marine Biology.

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    Research Opportunities

    Students can become involved in undergraduate research through a number of avenues. All science facilities and equipment are available for student research and students are encouraged to get involved as early as their first year.

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    Facilities and Equipment

    The Department is housed in a large, new building offering modern teaching and research laboratories, a spacious wet-lab with running seawater, several greenhouses, and state-of-the-art instrumentation for cell and molecular biology. Also available is the Luther Blount Shellfish Hatchery and the Aquatic Diagnostic Laboratory.

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    Career Information

    We offer our students opportunities, information, and guidance on potential careers and available positions. Students can search for job openings, internships, volunteer positions and graduate school opportunities.

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    Health Professions Advising

    The Department of Biology, Marine Biology and Environmental Science offers pre-professional preparation for a wide variety of health science fields. Students develop skills and gain foundational knowledge for admission into professional programs.

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    Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences and those interested in the biological sciences.

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    Marine Biology Camp

    Summer Marine Program students learn about coastal ecosystems, food webs, productivity of the sea, plants and animals in the coast, current events in marine biology, and much more.

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    Study Abroad

    Each January, RWU biology students and faculty take advantage of the Winter Intersession to leave the cold of New England and venture to the tropics for a course in Tropical Ecology.

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