Biology

OVERVIEW

A major and a minor

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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Requirements

For a major:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

 

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

 

Biology Major Requirements

General Biology and Lab (SCI251 + SCI L251)

General Chemistry and Lab (SCI265 + SCI L265)

Physics (SCI264)

Ecology (SCI351)

Introduction to Biotechnology (SCI356)

One of the following labs:

  • Physics Lab (SCI L264)
  • Ecology Lab (SCI L351)
  • Biotechnology Lab (SCI L356)

Choose three (3) courses that include one (1) lecture/lab course, and one 400-level course:

  • Biology II: Applications of Biological Principles and Lab (SCI253 + SCI L253)
  • Chemistry II: Chemical Systems and Lab (SCI267 + SCI L267)
  • Biological Physics and Lab (SCI274 + SCI L274)
  • Nutrition (SCI354)
  • Human Sexuality (SCI358)
  • Anatomy and Physiology and Lab (SCI360 + SCI L360)
  • Nobel Prize in Biological Science (SCI362)
  • Genetics and Lab (SCI363 +SCI L363)
  • Plant Biology (SCI364)
  • Organic Chemistry and Lab (SCI365 + SCI L365)
  • Coastal Environments (SCI366)
  • Biochemistry (SCI367)
  • Histology (SCI369)
  • Microbiology and Lab (SCI377 + SCI L377)
  • Special Topics: Astrobiology (SCI385)
  • Honors: Application of Brain Science (SCI399)
  • Biological Imaging (SCI450)
  • Instrumental Analysis for Environmental and Life Sciences (SCI451)
  • Conservation in the U.S. and China (SCI454)
  • Foundations in Pharmaceutical Science (SCI459)
  • Systems Modeling (SCI460)
  • Plant Diversity in Ancient Modern Environments (SCI462)
  • Biomarkers and Isotope Signals (SCI464)
  • Global Health Challenges (SCI466)
  • Immunity and Disease (SCI470)

Required Research Courses:

  • Research Methods Directed Study in Science (SCI390)
  • Research Directed Study in Science (SCI490)

Required Capstone:

  • Issues in Biological Science (SCI461)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (MATH121)

Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (MATH122)

Statistics (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

*Liberal Arts Distributions – Modes of Thought

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include One Lab Science)

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level)

Business Minor Requirement

Selection is made from a variety of business minors (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales).

Electives - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the required business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business.

*Modes of Thought requirements can be met by appropriate courses in the major.

A minimum 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

For an 18-credit minor:

Two (2) core courses with labs:

  • General Biology and Lab (SCI251 + SCI L251)
  • General Chemistry and Lab (SCI265 + SCI L265)

Choose two (2) intermediate courses (one with a lab) from the following:

  • Biology II: Applications of Biological Principles and Lab (SCI253 + SCI L253)
  • Chemistry II: Chemical Systems and Lab (SCI267 + SCI L267)
  • Biological Physics and Lab (SCI274 + SCI L274)
  • Ecology and Lab (SCI351 + SCI L351)
  • Nutrition (SCI354)
  • Introduction to Biotechnology and Lab (SCI356 + SCI L356)
  • Human Sexuality (SCI358)
  • Anatomy and Physiology and Lab (SCI360 + SCI L360)
  • Nobel Prize in Biological Science (SCI362)
  • Genetics and Lab (SCI363 + SCI L363)
  • Plant Biology (SCI364)
  • Organic Chemistry and Lab (SCI365 + SCI L365)
  • Biochemistry (SCI367)
  • Histology (SCI369)
  • Microbiology and Lab (SCI377 + SCI L377)
  • Special Topics: Astrobiology (SCI385)
  • Honors: Application of Brain Science (SCI399)
  • Biological Imaging (SCI450)
  • Instrumental Analysis for Environmental and Life Sciences (SCI451)
  • Conservation in the U.S. and China (SCI454)
  • Foundations in Pharmaceutical Science (SCI459)
  • Systems Modeling (SCI460)
  • Plant Diversity in Ancient and Modern Environments (SCI462)
  • Biomarkers and Isotope Signals (SCI464)
  • Global Health Challenges (SCI466)
  • Immunity and Disease (SCI470)

Required Capstone:

  • Issues in Biological Science (SCI461)

 

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To learn more, please contact:

Gaytha A. Langlois, Ph.D
Chair and Professor
Department of Science and Technology
langlois@bryant.edu

or

Kirsten Hokeness, Ph.D
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.