Science and Math

In the pursuit of the extraordinary, the novel, and the unexpected, science and math at RIT blends a passion for research, the practical application of theory, and the active pursuit of new discoveries to create a potent mix.

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Our science and math majors are a pipeline to graduate study or an immediate gateway to an exciting, dynamic career. Here, you are encouraged to let your passion drive your curiosity while you combine technology and the sciences to solve complex problems.

Science and Math Majors

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Biology Education, Evolved

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Biology at other schools may be considered traditional, but at RIT it’s anything but.

Biology impacts every aspect of our lives. And the biggest ground-breaking developments are the ones that pair biology with technology. There’s never been a more exciting time to study biology. And there’s no better place to explore the field than at RIT.

RIT is a place where biology meets technology. Learn how our bio programs are designed to answer today’s call for modern, innovative scientists and researchers.

Combined Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees

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RIT offers accelerated dual degree programs in science and math that allow you to earn a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time than it would normally take to complete each degree separately.

Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree(s)
Applied Mathematics BS Applied and Computational Mathematics MS
Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science BS Applied and Computational Mathematics MS Applied Statistics MS
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS Bioinformatics MS 
Environmental Science MS
Biomedical Engineering BS Science, Technology, and Public Policy MS
Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience BS Bioinformatics MS
Chemistry BS Chemistry MS  
Materials Science and Engineering MS
Computational Mathematics BS Applied and Computational Mathematics MS
Computer Science MS
Physician Assistant BS/MS* * The physician assistant major is only offered as a BS/MS degree program.

Accelerated Medical Programs

RIT has selected partnerships with academic institutions in which RIT students may be offered conditional or guaranteed acceptance to accelerated, graduate-level medical programs in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacology.

RIT + Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

An early acceptance program to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for RIT students interested in pursuing medical and dental school, or a graduate degree in pharmacy.

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RIT + SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine

The Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program allows admitted, first-year RIT students seeking a bachelor of science degree to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate Medical University’s Doctor of Medicine Program.

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Pre-Med Programs

Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising Program

The Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising Program is a pre-professional advising option that provides personal, individualized academic counseling to help you become an exceptional candidate for admission to medical schools and graduate programs in health care professions. Learn how the Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising Program can help prepare you for medical school.

Pre-Vet Advising Program

Occupations in veterinary medicine are expected to grow three times faster than all other occupations through 2030. If you’re interested in caring for animals, conducting research related to animal illnesses, or working with livestock in university or government settings, RIT’s Pre-Vet Advising Program can help you reach your career goals.

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Research Opportunities

RIT is a leader in providing immersive research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students. You can begin conducting research on day one, with support and guidance from world-class faculty. On multidisciplinary student teams you’ll explore, investigate, and collaborate together to help solve pressing challenges facing a range of high-impact areas that can better society.

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Goldwater Scholars

Since 2005, a total of 30 students have earned the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate research award in the nation.

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RIT’s Ranking for Undergraduate Research

U.S. News & World Report, 2021

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At RIT, hands-on, experienced-based opportunities are intentional and purposeful.

And designed for you to gain real experience, interact with experts, explore professional work environments, enhance your perspectives, and apply your skills in a range of settings. You’ll turn knowledge into know-how as you gain the hands-on experience employers look for in their next top hires.

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RIT among top schools for co-op and internship programs

U.S. News & World Report, 2021

Learn more about our hands-on learning opportunities in science and math.

Research Facilities

At RIT, your learning extends outside the classroom, to laboratories and research facilities where you will gain hands-on experience conducting research, gathering data, and analyzing results.

Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation

The center, an RIT’s Signature Interdisciplinary Research Areas and a Center of Excellence, operates state-of-the-art laboratories in high-performance computation and visualization, and manages several externally funded projects and collaborations.

Confocal Microscopy Lab

This lab provides faculty and students with a multidisciplinary imaging research and training facility centered around confocal microscopy. The laboratory’s core mission is to enhance research capabilities, provide an environment that promotes multidisciplinary collaborations, and involve students to support their training and preparation.

Tait Preserve

RIT gifted 177-acre estate to expand research and educational offerings in ecology, agriculture, sustainability and other fields. Portions of the land have been earmarked for agricultural research and education to develop farming practices that benefit both the land and community.

From Theory to Impact

Science and Math Careers

RIT graduates have continued their education at top-tier medical schools and graduate programs in science, math, health professions, and the medical sciences. 

97%

Science and Math Majors

Who are employed, in grad school, or pursing alternative plans (e.g., military, volunteering) within six months of graduation

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Here’s a sample of places you could find yourself employed:

  • Bausch & Lomb
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 
  • The Cleveland Clinic 
  • Duke University Health System 
  • Google 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Massachusetts General Hospital 
  • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics 
  • Raytheon Company 
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute 
  • Strong Memorial Hospital 
  • SUNY Upstate Medical Center 
  • Valeant Excellus

Graduate Medical Schools and Health Care Degrees

RIT graduates have continued their education at top-tier medical schools and graduate programs in science, math, health professions, and the medical sciences. 

98%

Health and Medical Science Majors

Who are employed, in grad school, or pursing alternative plans (e.g., military, volunteering) within six months of graduation

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A sampling of schools where RIT students have earned advanced degrees includes:

  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Cornell University
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, College of Health Professions
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Rochester
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Yale University

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