The Department of BioSciences announces new degree programs with the following major concentrations: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Genetics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Integrative Biology. In addition, a Minor in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and a Minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are offered. The department participates in two interdisciplinary majors, Neuroscience and Environmental Science, and an accelerated BA/MS/PhD program that leads to the master's and PhD degrees in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. Students matriculating on or before Fall 2019 will be able to select one of the old majors or one of the new majors; more details can be found in the 2020-2021 General Announcements. All major degree paths will prepare students for graduate, medical, or other professional schools and a wide range of careers in the life sciences.
Research is highly encouraged for all students at Rice University and is an essential job skill for those planning to continue in graduate programs in the sciences or seeking employment in research fields. Rice students in the biosciences have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research projects both on- and off-campus. Freshman can elect to participate in a Freshman Seminar in Local Biology (BIOS 118 for focus in Biochemistry & Cell Biology or BIOS 119 for focus in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) as an introduction to undergraduate research at Rice. Students may receive BioSciences credit for such research through the courses BIOS 310 and the honors research courses BIOS 401/402. Students interested in honors research must make application through the form linked below.
Those interested in receiving regular biosciences research opportunity postings should enroll in the BioSciences Opportunities Canvas site here (https://catalog.rice.edu).
For detailed instructions on finding and succeeding in research opportunities, please visit: biosugresearch.rice.edu.
Students who have secured a research position in a Biosciences laboratory over the summer may be eligible to participate in the department training program, the Biosciences Summer Research Institute. Secure the approval of your research advisor before submitting the linked application.
Students who major in Biological Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, or Biochemistry & Cell Biology are eligible for research awards in their senior year such as Distinction in Research and Creative Works, the Frederick B. Rudolph Award for Outstanding Seniors, the George J. Schroepfer, Jr. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, the James B. Walker Award for Outstanding Seniors, the Julian Huxley Award, the Clark Read Award, and the Best RURS Poster Award.
Distinction in Research and Creative Works (DIR award) for research relating to BioSciences.
The deadline for submission is March 15 and all materials should be submitted to Pedro Muniz, email@example.com.
There are a number of undergraduate clubs available to students interested in biosciences. The advising committee often includes a listing of department-related clubs in the Advising Booklet on the BioSciences Advising web page. If you want to find more information, numerous programs and clubs are listed by the Rice Student Center at the following link: https://studentcenter.rice.edu/club-listings