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. 


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Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science

You'll start with foundation courses in biology, math, chemistry, and liberal arts and then immerse yourself in the biological sciences, studying animals, micro-organisms, and plants at the level of molecules, cells, tissues, organisms, populations, and the environment. You will 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.

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.

You also have the option to pursue co-operative education placement in research, lab support, or data analysis in private businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. RIT biology students have worked for hospitals, wildlife centers, veterinary clinics, food companies, and pharmaceutical firms. To learn more or review co-op position openings, visit the  RIT Office for Cooperative Education and Career Services.

Do you like to ask questions about the natural world? Biologists answer important questions about the world by making observations in the natural environment and in the laboratory, collecting and evaluating data and integrating evidence to help solve problems.

Biologists may investigate the conservation of animals and plants, study interactions between living organisms with the changing environment, uncover evolutionary relationships between different organisms, learn how living systems work or even work with the public to increase awareness of important health and environmental issues.

Salaries of individuals with a B.S. in biology vary widely based on geographic location and nature of the job. Here are a few examples of the median salaries (from 2017) as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Biological Technician, $43,800
  • Veterinary Technician, $33,400
  • Technical Writer, $70,930
  • Health educator, $45,360

Students who graduate with a B.S. in Biology have a wide range of career options!  Students may pursue graduate school (to earn M.S. or Ph.D. degrees) or head directly into the workforce in a variety of positions.  Students with a B.S. degree in Biology get employed as research assistants, clinical laboratory technicians, laboratory managers, veterinary technicians, technical writers, educational resource professionals, scientific journal stuff members and more!    

For those interested in the medical or veterinary side of biology, our B.S. degree puts students in an excellent position to gain entry into accelerated nursing programs, veterinary school or even medical school.

Students with a B.S. degree in biology may also pursue a M.S. in education to help teach the next generation of future scientists.

University of Washington, Wetlands Institute, New York Blood Center, University of Rhode Island, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (Johnson & Johnson), National Center for Deaf-Health research, Henrietta Animal Hospital, NOAACorps, Muhlbauer Dermatopathology Lab, Medimmune, Curry & Kerlinge, VWR Scientific, Lonza Biologics, NH Pharmaceutical, Genomics Collaborative, Seneca Park Zoo, Genencor, App Tec, Hoffman/LaRoche Ltd., University of Rochester Medical Center, and The Jackson Laboratory.