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Biology BS

Building on recent advances in the molecular, cellular, and ecological disciplines, this modern biology degree 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

Cooperative Education

What makes an RIT science and math education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete science and math co-ops and gain real-world experience that sets you apart. Co-ops in the College of Science include cooperative education and internship experiences in industry and health care settings, as well as research in an academic, industry, or national lab. These are not only possible at RIT, but passionately encouraged.

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success

As a biology major, you have the option to pursue co-op and internship 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.