Rivier’s biology and biotechnology programs prepare students to explore careers in some of the hottest and fastest developing fields in science — genetics, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, and research. Students gain a strong foundation in scientific inquiry and critical thinking and develop the communications skills essential for success in the workplace. They conduct sophisticated laboratory diagnostic procedures in courses such as microbiology and immunology, and test their knowledge and develop skills through real-world assignments.
Utilizing the biology and chemistry foundation built in the first two years, students produce their own research proposal during their junior year. In their final year, students are encouraged to complete their project by conducting the proposal research. Past student projects include:
- studying ethanol production using different biofuel and inoculum sources
- examining the synergistic microbial effects of natural essential oils on a variety of bacterial genera
- evaluating the effects of green tea extract and other herbal remedies on the growth of a cancer cell line
- High-quality laboratory and field-study resources, including anaerobic growth chambers, protein analysis, and mammalian tissue culture equipment, enhance lab skills. Students also work with computer-assisted simulations, physiological monitoring, and microbial identification systems.
- Study and research are enhanced by extensive lab instrumentation for electrophoresis, high-speed centrifugation, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, and enzyme assay.
- Hands-on assignments and research projects put theory into practice. Rivier students have tested and cleaned up local ponds; evaluated the antimicrobial activity of homeopathic remedies; and conducted research in the biology of reproduction, cancer, ecology, and immunology.
- Active Biology Club offers many opportunities for students to engage in cocurricular activities that enhance academic and career preparation.