Biology

Our student-centered program explores the diversity of modern biology through dynamic classroom instruction, practical laboratory experimentation, exciting research opportunities and field study in Aquidneck Island’s living laboratory.

Our Program

Innovative laboratory courses are the focal point of our curriculum. Our newly renovated facilities provide endless opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Students also consider the moral and ethical consequences of advances in the sciences, developing the skills necessary for critical thinking, thoughtful analysis and sound judgment.

Outside the classroom, we encourage students to pursue their individual interests in the sciences through research projects and independent study. Working closely with faculty mentors, students are trained in cutting-edge methods, allowing them to conduct graduate-level research that is often published or presented at conferences.

While many of our students enter graduate programs, including medical, dental and veterinary schools, others find success in the fields of education, research and health care. Students may also choose to double major in biology and secondary education, which prepares them to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification for grades 7-12.

Program Spotlight: Experiential Learning

 Most of the undergraduate students here are doing work that I would consider on par with what graduate students do in most institutions. They really get to work one-on-one with faculty members. They end up with the same independent abilities, the same troubleshooting skills, the same scientific communication skills. By treating them effectively like they are graduate students, we really do bring them up to that level​. 

Dr. Anne Reid, assistant professor

Our Faculty

Using a hands-on approach to the exploration of scientific methods, our dedicated faculty prepare students for the challenge of exciting careers in the biological sciences. Consistent with the mission of the University, we provide students with the scientific knowledge and ethical understanding necessary to be responsible stewards of the earth.​

 

Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

Our graduates are well prepared for a wide variety of careers in fields such as:

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental conservation
  • Forensic science
  • Health professions
  • Law
  • Medical and scientific illustration
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Public health and epidemiology
  • Public policy
  • Quality assurance
  • Research and development
  • Safety and hazardous materials science
  • Sales
  • Science writing and technical writing
  • Teaching

In addition, our graduates have pursued advanced study at some of the nation’s top institutions. Recent placements include:

  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • New England College of Optometry
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Temple University School of Dentistry
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Wake Forest University

 Salve provided excellent support and was the perfect place to grow intellectually and personally to handle the rigors of a professional career. I never felt like an exam was a make-or-break situation, it was more like an opportunity to show what we knew, which made it easy to learn while studying. I am going into my last year of medical school, so the foundations of biology are apparent every day now that I am working in a hospital. 

Adam Barragan ’12, medical student, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine​

Program Spotlight: Summer Research

Each summer, Salve students have the opportunity to gain critical lab and field experience through highly competitive research fellowships with Rhode Island IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence and the Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

During these intensive programs, students spend 10 weeks working in labs and out in the field, under the guidance of faculty mentors and alongside their peers. The process emphasizes communication and analytic skills and exposes students to the many career opportunities available for scientists. These experiences culminate with an annual conference, which allows students to present their research findings to a group of their peers.

Major in Biology (B.S.)

20 courses | 67-82 credits

Required courses:

  • BIO111: General Biology I
  • BIO112: General Biology II
  • BIO220: Cell Biology and Chemistry
  • BIO253: Genetics: Classical, Molecular and Population
  • BIO471: Biology Seminar
  • BCH401: Biochemistry
  • CHM113: General Chemistry I
  • CHM114: General Chemistry II
  • CHM205: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM206: Organic Chemistry II
  • MTH191: Applied Calculus I or MTH201: Calculus I
  • PHY201: General Physics I and PHY202: General Physics II or PHY205: Principles of Physics I and PHY206: Principles of Physics II
  • STA201: Statistical Methods

Students also choose six upper-level biology electives, at least four of which must have a laboratory associated with them.

The B.S. meets most requirements for professional programs such as medical, dental, veterinary and physical therapy programs. Interested students should consult with Salve’s health professions advisor to determine the appropriate courses that should be taken.

Major in Biology and Secondary Education (B.A.S.)

To earn the double major, students complete the biology courses listed below and must also meet the requirements for secondary education.

Required courses:

  • BIO111: General Biology I
  • BIO112: General Biology II
  • BIO200: Botany
  • BIO210: Microbiology
  • BIO220: Cell Biology and Chemistry
  • BIO253: Genetics: Classical, Molecular and Population
  • BIO310: Ecology
  • BIO320: Evolution
  • BIO471: Biology Capstone
  • CHM113: General Chemistry I
  • CHM114: General Chemistry II

Students also choose two upper-level biology electives, which must have a laboratory associated with them.

Students who want to earn general science certification in addition to biology certification also take PHY201: General Physics I and PHY202: General Physics II or PHY205: Principles of Physics I and PHY206: Principles of Physics II.

Major in Biology (B.A.)

13 courses | 46-51 credits

The B.A. in biology is designed for students who plan to apply their knowledge of the life sciences to another discipline such as art, journalism, sales or law.

Required courses:

  • BIO111: General Biology I
  • BIO112: General Biology II
  • BIO220: Cell Biology and Chemistry
  • BIO253: Genetics: Classical, Molecular and Population
  • BIO471: Biology Seminar
  • CHM113: General Chemistry I
  • CHM114: General Chemistry II

Students also choose six upper-level biology electives, at least four of which must have a laboratory associated with them.

Minor in Biology

6 courses | 20-24 credits

Required courses:

  • BIO111: General Biology I and BIO112: General Biology II or BIO205: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO206: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO220: Cell Biology and Chemistry or BIO253: Genetics: Classical, Molecular and Population

Students also choose three upper-level biology electives, approved in consultation with the department chair.

CHM113: General Chemistry I and CHM114: General Chemistry II may be substituted for two of the biology courses with permission from the department chair.

Concentrations

Environmental Sciences

22 courses | 78-82 credits

Students who pursue the concentration in environmental sciences complete the requirements for a B.S. in biology along with the following courses:

  • BIO255: Conservation Biology
  • BIO260: Marine Biology
  • BIO310: Ecology
  • CHM310: Environmental Chemistry

Students also choose three of their six biology electives from the following:

  • BIO200: Botany
  • BIO210: Microbiology
  • BIO273: Flora and Fauna of New Zealand
  • BIO275: Tropical Biology
  • BIO280: Comparative Anatomy
  • BIO320: Evolution
  • BIO390: Environmental Science Internship
  • BIO497: Undergraduate Research
  • CHP290: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Microbiology

21 courses | 78 credits

The concentration in microbiology is designed for students who are interested in the study of microorganisms, viruses and the immune system.

Students who pursue the concentration in microbiology complete the requirements for a B.S. in biology along with the following courses:

  • BIO210: Microbiology
  • BIO330: Pathogenic Microorganisms
  • BIO340: Parasitology
  • BIO350: Mycology
  • BIO420: Immunology
  • BIO460: Virology
  • BCH410: Pharmacology and Toxicology