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Biology BS

Building on recent advances in the molecular, cellular, and ecological disciplines, modern biology offers a rich framework that can launch your career or propel you to graduate, medical, veterinary, or pharmacy school.


Program skills

Students will start with foundation courses in biology, math, chemistry, and liberal arts and then they are immersed in the biological sciences, studying animals, micro-organisms, and plants at the level of molecules, cells, tissues, organisms, populations, and the environment. Students acquire a comprehensive set of practical skills, from the proper way to prepare cultures in the lab to the proper way to gather and analyze ecological data in the field.

Program facilities equipment

9 teaching laboratories

  • 13 student/faculty research laboratories
  • NYS-DOH certified animal facility
  • Greenhouse and plant tissue culture facility
  • Confocal Microscopy Laboratory Core Facility
  • Next-Generation Sequencing platform

Program job titles reported

Equipment System Specialist; Eye Recovery Coordinator; Lab Technician; Patient Care Technician; Product Specialist; Quality Control Coordinator; Research Assistant; Research Laboratory Technician

Select program hiring partners

AmeriCorps NCCC, Clerio Vision Inc, ICON, Rochester Institute of Technology - Gosnell School of Life Sciences, Rochester Regional Health, Unither Pharmaceuticals, University of Rochester Medical Center, Wegmans Food Markets


  • Biotech and Life Sciences

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Scientific and Technical Consulting

  • Medical Devices

  • Research


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 53.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 33.00%
Alternative Plans 7.00%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 53.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 33.00%
Alternative Plans 7.00%

Experiential Learning

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged and strengthens your preparation for graduate study or employment. Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research experience under the guidance of faculty mentors. Students are also encouraged to apply for summer research internships both here at RIT and at other institutions. Explore research opportunities in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, as well as research initiatives available throughout the College of Science.

Cooperative Education

You also have the option to pursue opportunities in research, lab support, or data analysis in private businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Biology students have worked for hospitals, wildlife centers, veterinary clinics, food companies, and pharmaceutical firms. To learn more, or gain assistance in identifying and applying to co-op positions, visit RIT's Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.