Biology at Providence College

Why Study Biology at Providence College? 
The goal of the biology curriculum is to make students aware of the structure, function, and evolution of life as manifested on the cellular, organismic, and population levels through lecture, formal laboratories, and experiential education (e.g. research and internship).

There are many opportunities offered to students to explore their passions in the biological and life sciences, including our focus areas of bioinformatics, ecology and evolutionary biology, molecular biology, conservation, marine biology, bioethics, cancer biology, bioimaging, neuroscience, organismal biomechanics, and physiology.  

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What you'll study

Bachelor of Arts in Biology 
Our B.A. program allows students to explore a breadth of interests while acquiring in-depth knowledge of the sciences.  

Bachelor of Science in Biology 
Our B.S. program is designed for students who intend to pursue graduate study and research in the biological sciences, and careers in health or other science-related fields.  

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology
The environmental biology track is designed to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in research or applied environmental fields (e.g., environmental consulting). The foundations for the Environmental Biology major are ecology, environmental science, evolution, and conservation.

Geared for Graduate Study 3 + 4 Optometry Program 
This combined degree program with the New England College of Optometry allows highly motivated students with the goal of a profession in optometry to complete the B.A. or B.S. degree in biology and the doctor of optometry degree in seven years instead of the usual eight.  

Our B.A. and B.S. programs meet the requirements necessary for admission to graduate schools specializing in the biological sciences, as well as professional schools specializing in the health sciences such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, and veterinary medicine. 

Selected Courses

  • Environmental Biology  
  • Ethnobotany, the Study of the Plants We Use  
  • Evolution and Modern Biology  
  • Food Politics  
  • Genes and Gender  
  • Marine Biology  
  • Modern Genetics  
  • Neurobiology  
  • Ecology  
  • Immunology  
  • Biotechnology 


Our faculty members don’t just impart knowledge; they mentor and partner with students in the classroom and in the pursuit of new discoveries through research projects funded by the National Science Foundation and other prestigious organizations. Our faculty:  

  • come from diverse backgrounds and hold degrees from some of the finest institutions in science and research, including MIT, Brown University, Yale, and Harvard;
  • are actively engaged in research across a wide variety of subject areas, from bioethics to the biology of cancer; and
  • have their work published in leading scientific journals and nationally recognized publications, including: the American Association for Cancer Research, the Journal of Experimental Zoology, American Journal of Botany, Genetics, Marine Biology, Journal of Heredity, the Journal of Experimental Biology, Behavioral Ecology, and Neuropharmacology.


Our program offers students a multitude of opportunities to put knowledge learned in the classroom into action out in the field. Our students:  

  • take part in field study and research projects locally, across the nation, and around the world — from Narragansett Bay to Costa Rica, South Africa, and Belize;
  • participate in a biomedicine program at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad and summer research programs spearheaded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health; and
  • present research with faculty members at local, national, and international professional meetings and conferences, from New York City to Chicago to New Orleans, Oregon, and Brazil.  



of 2017-2021 biology and biology secondary education graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

  • 61% are employed only
  • 25% are attending school only
  • 7% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • AmeriCorps
  • Boston Children’s Hospital 
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Envision Health
  • Hartford Hospital  
  • Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
  • Lifespan
  • Massachusetts General Hospital  
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • National Institute of Health
  • Partners Health Care
  • Providence VA Medical Center
  • Rhode Island Hospital
  • Sigilon Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Tufts University Medical Center
  • UMass Memorial Health Center

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Boston University
  • Columbia University  
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Worcester)  
  • Northeastern University
  • Providence College
  • Syracuse University  
  • Temple University 
  • University of Connecticut   
  • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Wake Forest University 
  • Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell