Our student-centered bachelor's degree 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.
Pursue Your Individual Interests
Innovative laboratory courses are the focal point of our curriculum. Our 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.
Additionally, our partnership with the University of Saint Joseph offers a pathway for biology majors to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy in six years.
Life After Salve
Our graduates are well prepared for a wide variety of careers in fields such as:
- Environmental conservation
- Forensic science
- Health professions
- Medical and scientific illustration
- Public health and epidemiology
- Public policy
- Quality assurance
- Research and development
- Safety and hazardous materials science
- Science writing and technical writing
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. The foundations of biology are apparent every day now that I am working in a hospital.
Adam Barragan ’12, family medicine resident, George Washington University Hospital