Educating the next generation of scientists
Explore and expand your interests in the science of life in Rider’s Department of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences. Using a research-oriented focus, our broad and dynamic department provides a segway for students to enter careers in the field or to attend medical, professional, or graduate school.
You’ll achieve this by learning in small, intimate classrooms and laboratories that allow direct, hands-on instruction and faculty accessibility. Departmental faculty place emphasis on students engaging in independent research opportunities early in their college career. In fact, every year, 50+ students find themselves performing independent research and working side-by-side with faculty as mentors or colleagues in the lab and the field.
Each student is also assigned a faculty advisor who’ll provide academic advice and career guidance tailored to their individual needs.
Majors and minors
- Biology, B.S./B.A.
- Behavioral Neuroscience, B.S.
- Exercise Science, B.S.
- Health Sciences, B.S.
- Biology (minor)
- Movement Science (minor)
Focused Courses of Study
Put it into practice
We believe you learn best when you apply classroom skills to real-world settings. That’s why we give all our students the opportunity to gain essential hands-on experience, develop on-the-job skills, and make connections through our internship, independent study and research opportunities.
Build your team
Our dedicated and driven faculty members don’t just hold advanced degrees and professional certifications, they bring specialized, real-world knowledge and experience into the classroom.
Join the club
Network with professionals, connect with faculty advisors and meet fellow students who share your passion as part of our department’s professional student organizations.
- Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
- Health Studies Institute
- Pre-Health Society (formerly American Medical Students Association)
- Rider University Emergency Medical Services
Students with baccalaureate degrees have the opportunity to take the undergraduate science course prerequisites for Medical, Dental, Veterinary or Graduate School.
Where you'll go from here
Wondering where a science degree from Rider can take you? Here’s a shortlist of potential careers — click on each career to view a video of professionals sharing their personal career experience, advice and related tips.
Taking their love for science to the next level
Our alumni inspire us every day, and the list keeps getting longer. See the exciting things these Broncs have done with their degrees.