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Biology Department

The biology major is one of Providence College’s most popular. There’s good reason for that.

In our program, in-class learning and hands-on research are integrated. Our students learn science by doing science.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn about evolution, stem cells, biomechanics, marine and plant biology, the nervous system, diseases like cancer and HIV, and more from our faculty, who are leading researchers, and alongside fellow, dedicated students.

Our current students and faculty will tell you that the best way to learn science is by diving in and getting your hands dirty — in other words, by asking interesting questions and finding the answers yourself. In our science labs, we use state-of-the-art imaging systems, such as a confocal microscope and flow cytometer, human cadaver dissections, gene expression and genomics instrumentation, a state-of-the-art cell metabolism analyzer, aquarium systems to study climate change, and growth chambers to study climate change — all to bring the pursuit of science to life.

Our goals for you while you’re here are pretty simple. We want you to work hard, follow your passion for science, and have fun in the process. When that happens, you’ll be set up for success at PC and at the next level — whether that’s  a career in medicine, a health-allied profession, research, science advocacy or secondary education.

​Biology Department News

Dr. Gary Kleiman, a senior environmental specialist in the Climate Policy and Finance Department at The World Bank, recently discussed ‘Development and Climate Change: How Cutting Pollution Can Slow Warming and Save Lives.’ Dr. Kleiman’s talk was the first presentation in the Humanity of Science Lecture Series.

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Study nature, not books: Biological Imaging course lets students observe a whole new world

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Stephanie Newton1wewtonStephanie.gif '03
Pediatric Genetic Counselor Boston Children's Hospital

I still hold my experiences at PC close to my heart. The labs may have been long, and the courses difficult at times, but what I took away was invaluable. I appreciated the small, close-knit feeling of the biology program. The same classmates who were cramming with me freshman year for Gen Bio, were fertilizing Xenopus laevis eggs beside me in Developmental Bio lab three years later. My professors’ doors were always open to me, and I felt that they respected me as a future colleague.

Department of Biology
Sowa Hall, Room 236

Julie Coccia
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 401-865-2585
Fax: 401-865-1438

Dr. Charles R Toth Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Department Chair
Sowa Hall 236

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