Biology students can choose from two options:

  • The Bachelor of Arts program is a broad–based curriculum of sufficient depth to prepare students pursuing science education or careers such as laboratory technicians, environmental science, or research.
  • The Bachelor of Science program represents a narrower focus in one area of biology and is designed for students interested in pursuing graduate education. The BS degree is also appropriate for students considering careers in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

Program Highlights


The B.S. and B.A. majors prepare students for careers in science education, environmental science, research, and health professions.


Faculty have dialogue with students on key scientific issues and faith during our Faith and Science Lunch Discussions, Barnes Symposium, and selected courses. Students also have opportunities within the community to serve through the Math and Science Club.


Faculty are committed to the student’s success and are readily available for questions and assistance. The state-of-the-art facilities promote excellent lab and research experience.

B.A. Program Credits: 134

General Education: 90

Major/Concentration: 44

  • Biology (Required): 23
  • Biology (Additional): 8
  • Chemistry: 8
  • Computer Science: 1 Course
  • Mathematics: 3 Minimum

Standard Completion Time
Four Years

B.S. Program Credits: 124

General Education: 60

Major/Concentration: 64

  • Biology (w/ labs): 33
  • Chemistry (w/ labs): 16
  • Computer Science: 2-4
  • Physics: 8
  • Mathematics: 3-4

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

What Will I Learn?

Students in both majors will take foundational courses such as General Biology, Genetics, and Introduction to Research & Scientific Communication. Examples of specialized courses include Microbiology, Comparative Anatomy, Physiology, Imunology, Cell Biology, and Molecular Biology.

Where Can It Take Me?


Opportunities are available to students to do research with faculty and also to pursue internships. During the summer, many universities offer paid internships to undergraduates, placing them in functioning science labs to conduct their own research project. Many of our students have taken advantage of these opportunities.

The intention of these internships is to prepare undergraduates for medical and graduate school and broaden their functional science knowledge.

Students have also taken a semester abroad and participated in missions trips.



  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Environmental Science
  • Research


  • Medicine
  • Dentisitry
  • Veterinary Science

Graduate Schools

  • School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie College of Medicine
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
  • SUNY-Upstate School of Medicine
  • School of Osteopathic Medicine, Campbell University
  • School of Osteopathic Medicine, Liberty University
  • School of Medicine, University at Buffalo
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Alumni Success

Gretchen Wolff '02

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
Heidelberg, Germany

John Bray '66

Retired Secondary Science Teacher
NY State Teacher of the Year Finalist

Vince Zukas ‘06

Sr. Engineer, Environmental/ RC14001 Coordinator
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

Kristen Ranallo ‘15

PhysAssist Scribes
Crouse Hospital Emergency Department

Rob Merkel ‘08

Board of Directors, Greece Ambulance
Director of Training, Victor Farmington Ambulance

Who Will I Meet?


Dr. Terri Thayer,  Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Terri Thayer received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Alfred University and a Ph.D in Immunology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research career has focused on the immunology of Type 1 Diabetes. Dr. Thayer relocated to Cardiff, Wales, UK for her postdoctoral work. With the support of a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, she investigated mechanisms of regulating the immune response to protect the pancreas from autoimmune attack and prevent type 1 diabetes. Having joined RWU in 2021, Dr. Thayer is excited to serve the Roberts community through education, scientific research, and outreach. To read more about Dr. Terri Thayer click here.


Josh Johnson, Biology '18

My experience here at Roberts has been amazing. I have found myself surrounded by knowledgable and sincerely caring professors who want to see you succeed. The professors at Roberts have had a huge impact on me as a student. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the experiences I have had from looking at the cadaver in Anatomy & Physiology to running various enzyme assays in Biochemistry. The friends I have made within my major and the memories that have been created here reassure me that Roberts was the right choice for me.



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