Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
Thomas H. Gosnell School of
Explore the organic universe from DNA to global systems in a supportive academic environment at the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences. From the beginning, our students immerse themselves in biology through innovative coursework, hands-on, in-depth laboratories, experiential learning opportunities, and undergraduate research projects designed for real-life challenges in the life sciences.
We prepare the next generation of researchers, environmental scientists, computational biologists, medical doctors, pharmacists, and genomic data analysts. Whether it’s a cancer researcher developing a new vaccine or a biologist protecting our clean water, our students confront the toughest life science issues facing the world today and find solutions to them.
Of upper-level courses have a fully hands-on, in-depth laboratory component
Of all courses are taught by full-time professors
RIT was first in the nation to offer a Bachelor of Science in biotechnology
March 8, 2023
Human genome editing offers tantalizing possibilities – but without clear guidelines, many ethical questions still remain
Essay by Andre Hudson, professor and interim dean of the College of Science, and Gary Skuse, professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, published by The Conversation.
February 19, 2023
Darwin Day held in Rochester in celebration of science
Spectrum News talks to Robert Rothman, adjunct faculty member in the College of Science, about scientist Charles Darwin's explorations in the Galapagos.
December 10, 2022
RIT study suggests COVID-19 variants are still transmissible between mammals
Spectrum News talks to Gregory Babbitt, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, about his research into how the virus that causes COVID-19 is still highly transmissible between mammals.
Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) is a scholarly field that combines disciplinary expertise in a STEM field (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.) with research methods from cognitive science, psychology and the learning sciences. Researchers in this field are interested in studying and transforming STEM Education through basic and applied research. Faculty in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences are exploring how students learn concepts in molecular biology and genetics and how students apply their knowledge to novel learning and assessment tasks. Gaining insight into students’ mental models of complex molecular processes allows the team to develop new assessments and activities to measure and improve student learning. Faculty are also investigating how newly developed 3-D models of biomolecules and molecular processes can help students learn concepts related to genetic information flow.
Research Active Faculty:
Current work in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences uses Next Generation Sequencing to elucidate genomic and proteomics aspects of phage, bacteria and plants as it relates to pathogenesis, resistance, metabolic engineering, etc.
Research Active Faculty:
Internship in Brazil Builds Research Skills and Connections Abroad
Veronica Fell (biotechnology)
Veronica Fell, a third-year biotechnology student, knew she wanted real-world lab experience and to see the world. A research internship in Brazil allowed her to do that and much more.
Climate Change Course: Complex Teams Solving Complex Problems
RIT students from all majors learn creative and interdisciplinary problem-solving through the perspectives of a diverse set of faculty members.
Accessible First-Year Research Opportunities
McKenzie Watts (biotechnology)
McKenzie Watts, a first-year student, says the best part about RIT is that research is accessible. Today, she's working in a research lab with Dr. André Hudson.
From Biology & Basketball to Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
Michael Stanton '03 (biology)
Dr. Michael Stanton ’03 was recruited for basketball and studied biology at RIT. Now he continues both passions as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine.
Dual Degree at RIT: Accelerating a Career in Veterinary Medicine
Kelsey Lawton ‘21 (biology BS / environmental science MS)
Kelsey Lawton ’21 graduated with a dual biology BS/environmental science degree and is now an in vivo toxicology technician at iuvo Bioscience, a pharmaceutical and medical device industry research...
RIT Research and Academic Support Leads to Ph.D. at St. Jude’s
Maria Smith ‘18 (biotechnology)
RIT equipped Maria Smith ’18 with the hands-on research and academic support to succeed. Now she is a Ph.D. candidate at the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
At the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences we offer four exciting undergraduate programs. Whether it’s biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, or environmental science, you become part of an active community of students, staff, and faculty working together to explore and solve complex biological problems in state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.
In this dynamic bioinformatics degree, biology and computing combine to analyze big data collected by the health industry to discover, diagnose, and treat a wide range of medical conditions.Learn more about the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS program
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.Learn more about the Biology BS program
A biotechnology degree in which you’ll improve human health by harnessing technology advancements and biomolecular processes to research and develop technologies in genetics, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and vaccine development, environment and energy, forensic science, genetic counseling, and more.Learn more about the Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience BS program
Combine a love for nature with cutting-edge research to create a sustainable future for our planet in this innovative environmental science degree.Learn more about the Environmental Science BS program
The graduate students in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences apply their advanced training in environmental science and computational biology to take a deep dive into the complexities and nuances of biological issues facing the world today. Each student works with a chosen faculty advisor to help them approach their project from a novel perspective, which prepares them to succeed in any path they choose after graduation.
A bioinformatics master’s degree prepares you to tackle complex problems in biology using big data, data mining, machine learning and modeling.Learn more about the Bioinformatics MS program
An environmental science master’s degree that balances environmental conservation, human well-being, and economic development to tackle the biggest problems plaguing our environment.Learn more about the Environmental Science MS program
Minors and Immersions
Current students are encouraged to visit the Student Information System (SIS) to confirm any pre-requisite or co-requisite courses.
The bioinformatics analysis minor immerses students in the core challenges and strengths of the field of bioinformatics, as well as the ethical issues involved. Students gain hands-on experience implementing some of the core algorithms utilized by professionals in the field.Learn more about the Bioinformatics Analysis Minor program
The biology: cellular and molecular immersion provides students with the opportunity to experience courses in modern cell and molecular biology. Students complete a foundational course in molecular biology and the accompanying laboratory course and then go on to study additional cellular and molecular biology subjects in more detail.Learn more about the Biology: Cellular and Molecular Immersion program
The biology: cellular and molecular minor provides students with opportunities to experience and explore topics related to both the cellular and molecular aspects of modern biology to broaden and enhance their educational experience.Learn more about the Biology: Cellular and Molecular Minor program
The biology: ecology and evolution immersion provides students with the opportunity to experience courses in ecology and evolutionary biology. Students complete a foundational course in ecology or evolution and then have a choice of electives.Learn more about the Biology: Ecology and Evolution Immersion program
The biology: ecology and evolution minor provides students with the opportunity to experience both the ecological and evolutionary underpinnings of modern biology. The minor explores these areas of biology through laboratory and field experiences.Learn more about the Biology: Ecology and Evolution Minor program
The environmental science minor introduces students to the complexities of environmental issues and concepts, and provides them with opportunities to further investigate many of these issues through advanced course work. Central to this minor are the development of field, analytical, and problem solving skills and an understanding of the multiple perspectives often embedded in environmental issues. Students interested in becoming citizen scientists, or those pursuing employment or an advanced degree with an environmental focus, will find this minor beneficial.Learn more about the Environmental Science Minor program
The Georgia Gosnell Seminar Series showcases speakers with broad expertise across the life sciences who present ongoing research on topics that include ecological sustainability, education, evolution, genomics, pathogenesis, proteomics, and viral therapeutics.
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