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Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience

Biotechnology is defined as the use of living systems to develop or make useful products that are be beneficial to animals particularly humans. RIT is a leader in biotechnology education! In 1983 we became the first university in the nation to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in what was then a very new, yet exciting discipline.



Biology encompasses all of the processes and patterns that characterize living cell, organisms, and ecosystems. Building on recent advances in the molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological disciplines, modern biological science offers students a rich framework that can launch a career with a wide variety of skills for discoveries within cells, organ systems, species, and even ecosystems in which we live. The 21st century is an exciting time to become a biologist!


Students in the Bioinformatics program develop the skills necessary for analyzing the data being generated by Next Generation Sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, and other cutting-edge technologies. Students develop their understanding of biology and molecular genetics, as well as statistics and computer science, giving them many career options. B.S., M.S., 4+1 B.S./M.S., and molecular lab focused option programs are available.

Environmental Science

Environmental scientists solve problems relating to power generation, waste reduction and recycling, pollution control, land use and land cover change, preserving biodiversity and ecological services, transportation, forestry, agriculture, economics, and a wide range of other areas. They study our relationship to nature and to each other, developing solutions that prevent or reverse environmental deterioration and work toward sustainability. Meeting these challenges requires problem-solving abilities based in science, mathematics, the social sciences, and other disciplines.