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Biology at Providence College

The goal of the biology curriculum is to make students aware of the structure, function, and evolution of life as manifested on the cellular, organismic, and population levels through lecture, formal laboratories, and experiential education (e.g. research and internship). There are many opportunities offered to students to explore their passions in the biological and life sciences, including our focus areas of bioinformatics, ecology and evolutionary biology, molecular biology, conservation, marine biology, bioethics, cancer biology, bioimaging, neuroscience, organismal biomechanics, and physiology.


Department of Biology
Science Complex

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B.A. Biology

Our B.A. program allows students to explore a breadth of interests while acquiring in-depth knowledge of the sciences.

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B.S. Biology

Our B.S. program is designed for students who intend to pursue graduate study and research in the biological sciences, and careers in health or other science-related fields.

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B.S. Environmental Biology

The B.S. program is designed to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in research or applied environmental fields (e.g., environmental consulting). The foundations for the Environmental Biology major are ecology, environmental science, evolution, and conservation.

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Biology/Secondary Education (B.A. or B.S.)

This combined degree program with the New England College of Optometry allows highly motivated students with the goal of a profession in optometry to complete the B.A. or B.S. degree in biology and the doctor of optometry degree in seven years instead of the usual eight.

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3 + 4 Optometry Program

This combined degree program with the New England College of Optometry allows highly motivated students with the goal of a profession in optometry to complete the B.A. or B.S. degree in biology and the doctor of optometry degree in seven years instead of the usual eight.

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Participate in paid research through PC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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Complete field study in Costa Rica or South Africa, or join a biomedicine program at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad

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Present research with faculty members at national and international professional meetings


Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds and hold degrees from some of the finest institutions in science and research, including MIT, Brown University, Yale, and Harvard, and their work is published in leading scientific journals, including: the American Association for Cancer Research, the Journal of Experimental Zoology, American Journal of Botany, Genetics, Marine Biology, Journal of Heredity, the Journal of Experimental Biology, Behavioral Ecology, and Neuropharmacology.





of 2019-2023 biology graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


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are attending school only


are employed and attending school

Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.

Selected Places of Employment/Service

Achievement First
Advanced Glaucoma Specialists
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
All of Us Research Program
American Family Care
American Medical Response
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Celtics
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Hernia
Boston Orthopedic and Spine
Boston University School of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Broad Institute
Brown Emergency Medicine
Brown Physicians Inc.
Brown University
Butler Hospital
Cadent Therapeutics
Cape Cod Orthopedics
Chemic Laboratories
Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick LLP
City Year
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Commonwealth Sciences, Inc
Core Physical Therapy
CVS Health
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
DaVita Kidney Care
Dermatology Associates of Concord
Developmental Disabilities Institute
Dianon Systems

Dr. Shapur Ameri, Neurosurgery
ENT Associates of Westerly
Envision Health
Evergreen Woods
Eye Health Vision Centers
FactSet Research Systems
Fellowship Health Resources
Foley Hoag LLP
GE Healthcare
Generation Bio
Green Analytics, LLC
Hartford Hospital
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Hikma Pharmaceuticals
Huntington Learning Center
Janigian Retina Associates
Karyopharm Therapeutics, Inc.
LifeMine Therapeutics
Lighthouse Electric
Little Sisters of the Poor
Lowell House, Inc.
Lumicell, Inc
Marine Biological Laboratory
Massachusetts General Hospital
McLean Hospital
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Middlesex Hospital
Migrant and Refugee Services
National Cancer Institute
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute of Health
Newton Wellesley Hospital
Northern Westchester Hospital Northwell Health

NY Presbyterian Hospital – Queens
Oakstreet Health
Ora, Inc.
Partners HealthCare
Preventice Solutions
Princeton University
Professional Physical Therapy
Providence College
Providence VA Medical Center
Repertoire Immune Medicines
Rhode Island Hospital
Royal Megansett Nursing Home
Siemens Healthineers
Sigilon Therapeutics, Inc.
South Shore Health System
Southcoast Health
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
St. Alexius Medical Center
Temple University
Tempus Labs
Terminus Bio
Town of Nantucket Natural Resources Department
Triumvirate Environmental
Tufts Medical Center
Tufts University
UMass Dartmouth
UMass Memorial Medical Center
University Emergency Medical Foundation
University of Massachusetts – Boston
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of Vermont Medical Center
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Volunteers for Wildlife
Walt Disney World

Selected Graduate Schools

Albany Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Animal Behavior College/ NAVTA
Arcadia University
Binghamton University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Emory University
Fairfield University
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson & Wales University
Lincoln Memorial College of Veterinary Medicine
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Worcester)
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Mt Sinai Ichan School of Medicine
New England College of Optometry
Northeastern University
Providence College
Quinnipiac University
Relay Graduate School of Education

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Rutgers University
Seattle Children’s
Simmons University
Southern College of Optometry
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
Suffolk University
SUNY Optometry
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse University
Temple University
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
University of Connecticut
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus
University of New England
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
Wake Forest University
Weill Cornell Medicine, Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan Kettering
William James College
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell


Julie Coccia

Administrative Assistant
Science Complex Administrative Suite 0106A

Dr. Patrick Ewanchuk

Department Chair
Science Complex Administrative Suite 0106