Biology

You are curious and creative and possess analytic and quantitative ability. You’re driven to explore the complexities of living creatures. You’re interested in the fields of health and biology and enjoy learning about science.

Bryant’s Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology provides a solid foundation in basic scientific knowledge and practice. You will develop hands-on laboratory skills and benefit from undertaking structured laboratory research projects. In addition to a strong foundation of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, and mathematics, you will have the option of creating your own area of interest through the combination of a flexible curriculum and courses in specialty areas of focus.

High-quality facilities and instrumentation will enhance your awareness of workplace settings and prepare you for advanced research studies. Bryant students have participated in original research in a variety of biological issues facing society. Recently students have research the effect of climate change on marine life in Narragansett Bay under a National Science Foundation grant. Working with faculty from MIT and Yale as well as from Bryant, they have analyzed soil and fossil samples from China and the Canadian Arctic. 

You may also complete an 18-credit minor in Biology that provides a foundation for further study or a career in the biological, biomedical, agricultural, and ecological fields.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Studying biology at Bryant will prepare you for a career in many related fields and provide you with meaningful exposure to laboratory practices, business principles, and areas of applied research. The Biology major is excellent preparation for graduate studies leading to careers in the health sciences, biomedical research, physical therapy, biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, environmental biology, food science, and industrial research fields.

Biology faculty

Faculty have diverse backgrounds in the multidisciplinary fields of biology, with special expertise in pharmaceutical science, immunology, biochemistry, cell biology, protistology, biotechnology, bioimaging, biological modeling, and neurobiology. Our faculty are committed to working one-on-one with students through collaborative research and individual tutoring, as well as through innovative classroom and laboratory teaching.

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Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • Early Action - Dec. 1, 2014
  • Early Decision 2 - Jan. 15, 2015
  • Regular Decision – Feb. 2, 2015


To learn more, please contact:

Dan McNally, Ph.D
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Science and Technology
dlm1@bryant.edu

or

Kirsten Hokeness, Ph.D
Biology Coordinator and Associate Professor
Department of Science and Technology 
khokeness@bryant.edu

Opportunities in the lab

Kirsten Hokeness

Kirsten Hokeness, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Science and Technology

With her mother a nurse and father a doctor, science and medicine were regular topics at the dinner table when  Hokeness was growing up.

Today, she teaches courses in biology, biotechnology, and ecology. Her areas of interest extend to cancer biology, microbiology, and viral immunology. Her passion for these subjects is contagious.

Says Hokeness, “Choosing to study science at Bryant gives students the distinctive experience of very small classes and one-on-one-opportunities to do research with faculty. This is unique to Bryant, compared to other universities offering similar programs.”

THE PERFECT JOB

Aciardi

Kristie Aicardi '12
Quality Control Analyst, Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Aicardi’s passion for science was ignited at Bryant.

Working closely with her mentor, Bryant Professor Christopher Reid, Ph.D., Aicardi spent a summer collaborating with researchers at Women & Infants Hospital and Brown University. Their goal: identify antigens to produce a therapeutic antibody treatment for premature infants infected with Candida albicans, a serious infectious disease in neonatal intensive care units. The grant-funded project continued into her senior year.

Aicardi received the Biology Award at Commencement 2012.