Department of Biology

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.

Our Department of Biology offers programs that provide students with a strong foundation in scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Our faculty prepare students for careers in the life sciences and help them develop the analytical and problem-solving skills essential for success in the workplace.

A Focus on Innovation

Through the Vision 2020 commitment to innovation in the sciences, the University broke ground on the construction of a Science and Innovation Center in April 2019. The 36,000 square-foot facility opened in Fall 2020 and provides state-of-the-art resources for microbiology, biotechnology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, and environmental science.

Watch the video to learn how we put science on display with learning spaces that foster innovation and discovery, laboratories and equipment designed to solve real-world problems, technology that brings the world of science into the classroom, and collaborative spaces for faculty and student research!

The Center will feature:

  • Learning spaces that foster innovation and discovery
  • Laboratories and equipment designed to solve real-world problems
  • Technology that brings the world of science into the classroom
  • Collaborative spaces to foster faculty and student research

Hands-on Learning

Our students put theory into practice through hands-on assignments and research projects. Students have tested and cleaned up local ponds, evaluated the antimicrobial of homeopathic remedies; and conducted research in the biology of reproduction, cancer, ecology, and immunology. Together with their faculty, our students conduct sophisticated laboratory diagnostic procedures in courses such as microbiology and immunology, and test their knowledge and develop skills through real-world assignments and research projects.

Biology Club

Despite its name, the Biology Club is not always just about science. The Club provides opportunities for students to engage in co-curricular activities that enhance academic and career preparation, but also hosts a variety of community and social events including movie nights, field trips, and outreach activities. Recent events have included highway cleanups, trips to the Boston Museum of Science, the Boston Aquarium, Mt. Monadnock, Histogenics, and the Budweiser plant in Merrimack. The Club brings speakers to campus and hosts fundraising such as their annual 5K charitable road race to support the Beaver Brook Association and to the enhancement of wildlife habitats.

Summer STEM camp

Each summer, the Department of Biology invites area high school students (grades 9-12) to participate in a summer STEM camp on the Rivier campus. Students explore plant chemistry, cellular biology, and ecology and learn about their essential benefits for society. Students learn how to examine plant structures and functions, calculate ecological diversity, collaborate on scientific experimentation and design, and evaluate and present research findings. Our next camp will be offered in the summer of 2020.

Journeys of Transformation

Guided by a journey of self-awareness and discovery, the Core Curriculum lays the foundation for success as you embark on your academic journey at Rivier.


Department of Biology