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Basic Information:
Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. The campus occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York state. RIT also has international campuses in Eastern Europe and Dubai. The RIT student body consists of approximately 15,000 undergraduate and 2,900 graduate students. Enrolled students represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

RIT is an internationally recognized leader in preparing deaf and hard-of-hearing students for successful careers in professional and technical fields. The university provides unparalleled access and support services for the more than 1,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students who live, study, and work with hearing students on the RIT campus.

Undergraduate Programs:
In the College of Science, biology is something that students do, rather than something they merely learn. The courses present biology as it is done by career biologists, and they emphasize hands-on laboratory and field experience. Scientific knowledge is based on research, and we encourage students to undertake research projects in the laboratories of our faculty. The biology program prepares students for rewarding positions in occupations related to the life sciences, including biomedical research, scientific management, science journalism, forensic science, ecology and environmental science, agriculture, genetic counseling, and education. The program includes all of the course work and support services to prepare students for entrance into schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, and chiropractic medicine. Graduates are well-prepared to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in a wide variety of fields in the life sciences.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences consists of a Life Sciences Core combined with a broad range of flexible elective options. The Life Sciences Core is designed to provide the student with a strong grounding in mathematics and science with a complement of liberal arts in preparation for a particular career path, e.g., for entry into medical/dental school, into graduate studies, or directly into a research position in an applied area of biomedical science.

Bioinformatics lies at the interface of cutting edge science and next-generation technology, enabling discoveries that were unattainable only a few years ago. Bioinformaticists analyze the massive data sets coming out of modern biological experiments such as Next Generation Sequencing, Proteomics, Metabolomics, and Ecoinformatics. Despite occupying this vital position, formal opportunities for education in Bioinformatics are limited. Those programs that do exist are challenging because they require students to achieve a deep understanding of both the biological processes being studied and the computational approaches needed for data analysis. Nevertheless, in the supportive environment provided by the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences at RIT, our highly motivated students thrive in their studies and go on to attend top ranked graduate schools or enter the workforce in pivotal discovery positions in the pharmaceutical, vaccine development and academic research communities.

Students who enroll in the biochemistry major often have an interest in combining the life and health sciences with a chemistry degree. Students take a year of general biology, in addition to a typical chemistry curriculum. During the upper-level years, students take a substantial core of courses in biochemistry, physical chemistry, liberal arts, and elective courses in life sciences. Students must take a minimum of two upper-division biology electives. Employment opportunities for biochemistry graduates exist in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, forensic, and rapidly expanding biotechnological fields. Graduates also are well-prepared to enter advanced degree programs in biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.

The BS degree in biotechnology and molecular bioscience prepares students to immediately assume challenging positions in research, development, and management in biotechnology. Students are also well-prepared for positions in the fields of plant biotechnology, human genetics, agriculture, food products, pharmaceuticals and vaccine development, environment and energy, forensic science, and genetic counseling. The advanced nature of the third- and fourth-year courses, as well as the opportunity to participate in faculty-sponsored undergraduate research, provides a sound foundation to those graduates wishing to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree. The program also can be designed to include the education necessary for the pursuit of a career in a medical field. Specialized areas of emphasis include recombinant DNA, microbial and plant genetic engineering, mammalian and plant tissue culture, monoclonal antibody production and purification, large-scale fermentation techniques (bacterial and mammalian cell), and methods for characterization and separation of proteins and nucleic acids in yeast, bacterial, viral, and plant systems.
Undergraduate tuition: $31,584/year. cc

Graduate Programs:
RIT’s graduate program in Medical Illustration is one of only five such programs in North America and the only program in the Northeastern U.S.. The two-year program combines training in human anatomy (with complete cadaver dissection), histology (the cellular structure of organs), and pathophysiology (the study of disease) with extensive training in 2D and 3D digital graphics, interactive media, and animation. Illustration projects are designed for use in print, projection, broadcast media, and distribution via the web and mobile devices. The program emphasizes visual problem solving, determining the best approach to communicate a difficult concept. Students also gain real world experience collaborating with medical researchers and observing live surgery in the operating room. The program culminates with the production of a thesis project, which requires extensive background research and an original body of artwork on a complex medical topic.

The master of science degree in bioinformatics provides students with a strong foundation in biotechnology, computer programming, computational mathematics, statistics, and database management. Graduates of the program are well-prepared for careers in the biotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical, and vaccine industries. Based on consultation with individuals within the industry nationwide, the job market is rich with opportunities for those who obtain a graduate degree in bioinformatics, particularly when coupled with industry-sponsored research as thesis work. This research provides exposure to real-world problems—and their solutions—not otherwise attainable in an academic setting. The program provides students with the capability to enter the bioinformatics workforce and become leaders in the field. The curriculum is designed to fulfill the needs of students with diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Individuals entering an MS program in bioinformatics typically have degrees in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, statistics, computer science, information technology, or a related field. The program is offered on a full- or part-time basis to fulfill the needs of traditional students and those currently employed in the field. Admission requires a bachelor’s degree, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.
Graduate tuition: $34,659/year. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans.


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Undergraduate Programs and Majors:
Biomedical Sciences (BS)
Biotechnology & Molecular Bioscience
Biotechnology & Molecular Bioscience with Bioinformatics Option
Environmental Science

Graduate Programs:
Medical Illustration
Bioinformatics (MS)

Dual Degree Programs:
Biology or Biotechnology with MBA (BS and MBA)
Bioinformatics 4+1 BS and MS

Application Deadlines:

Undergraduate: December 1st, early decision; February 1st, regular decision. Application available at:
Graduate: February 15th. Application available at: