Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences

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About the Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences Program

The educational goals of the Rider University Department of Biology include providing students with foundational instruction in the Biological sciences, and providing students with the opportunity to explore one or more sub-disciplines of Biology or Behavioral Neuroscience in depth.

The most important ways the Department meets these goals are through:

  • small class size
  • accessibility of faculty
  • individualized guidance 

Our curricula are designed to develop skills that students need to pursue a life of learning in the sciences. Students are expected to acquire factual knowledge, technical and analytical skills, and writing and speaking competence. Our faculty are research-oriented, and encourage all students to take advantage of the opportunity to engage in independent research. Consult the Departmental Student Handbook for specific curricular details.

What can I do with these majors?

A student who successfully completes a Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience or Health Sciences major is well-prepared to enter the workforce, professional school or graduate school. Typical areas of professional and graduate study include medical, dental, and veterinary school; allied health programs in optometry, podiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, etc.; programs leading to M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the life sciences; and programs in science education.

Learn what recent alumni are doing in science:

Outcomes of a Rider Education

Pre-medical and Pre-allied Health Programs

In addition to the Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience majors, the Department coordinates the pre-medical and pre-allied health programs.

Post Baccalaureate Pre-medical, Pre-dental, and Pre-veterinary Studies
Rider University offers students with baccalaureate degrees the opportunity to take the undergraduate science course prerequisites for medical, dental, veterinary or graduate school.  For information on eligibility and admission requirements, please visit the Premedical, Predental, and Preveterinary Studies section in the College of Continuing Studies website.

We hope that this overview of the Biology Department encourages you to visit us in person. To arrange a campus visit contact Rider University Admissions at: 609-896-5042, [email protected].

Master of Science in Athletic Training: Guaranteed Admission Program with Thomas Jefferson University

This agreement guarantees admission of Rider students who successfully complete all requirements for admission to the MSAT 4+2 program (4 years Rider undergraduate + 2 years TJU graduate education).  Students should consult regularly with their academic advisor at Rider University to maintain eligibility for this program.

How can I succeed with the Biology major? (pdf)
How can I succeed with the Behavioral Neuroscience major? (pdf)
How Can I Succeed With the Health Science Major? (pdf)

To find out more about these majors, contact:

Headshot of Paul Jivoff
Professor and Chairperson
Science Hall 339D

B.A., Hartwick College; M.S., Ohio State University; Ph.D. University of Maryland. He studies the behavioral ecology of marine animals with an emphasis on the mating behavior of blue crabs. Dr. Jivoff joined the faculty in 2002.