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At URI, we’ve always had to think bigger than ourselves.  And now that the world is changing by the minute and in need of a constant flow of big ideas—solutions for our planet and its people—URI is prepared to help, with your choice of more than 80 majors.

No matter what you study at URI, you’ll be prepared to make your mark on the world.  A meaningful mark.

URI Undergraduate Majors (with areas of focus)



Africana Studies (African and African American Studies)

Animal Science and Technology


Aquaculture and Fishery Technology


Art History

Biological Sciences


Biomedical Engineering

Business Administration

          a (B.S. in business and a B.A. in German,

          French, Spanish, or Chinese)

Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology

Chemical Engineering


Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry

Chinese (also see Chinese Language Flagship)

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Classical Studies

Communication Studies

Communicative Disorders

Computer Engineering

Computer Science

  • Web Development
  • Cognitive and Information Sciences
  • Interactive and Collaborative Gaming
  • 3D Graphics
  • Computer Forensics (Minor)
  • Digital Forensics (Minor)
  • International Computer Science

Early Childhood Education



Electrical Engineering

Elementary Education


          a (B.S. in engineering and a B.A. in German,

          French, Spanish, Chinese, or Italian)


Entrepreneurial Management

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Environmental Science and Management

Fashion (see Textiles majors below)

Film Media



Gender and Women’s Studies

Geology and Geological Oceanography


Global Business Management

Health Studies


Human Development and Family Studies

Industrial and Systems Engineering

International Business Program

International Engineering Program




Landscape Architecture

Leadership Studies (Minor)

Marine Affairs

Marine Biology



Mechanical Engineering

Medical Laboratory Science and Biotechnology Manufacturing

  • Biotechnology - Manufacturing
  • Medical Laboratory Science

Military Science (Army ROTC)


  • Music Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music History and Literature
  • Music Performance
  • Jazz Studies


Nutrition and Dietetics

Ocean Engineering

Pharmacy: Pharm.D. (0-6 Doctor of Pharmacy)

Pharmaceutical Sciences



Physics and Physical Oceanography

Plant Sciences (Horticulture and Turfgrass Management)

Political Science


Public Relations

Secondary Education



Supply Chain Management

Sustainability (minor)

Textile Marketing

Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design


  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Design and Technology
  • Stage and Theatre Management


Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Women's Studies (see Gender and Women’s Studies)

Writing and Rhetoric


Pre-Professional Studies




Pre-Physician Assistants

Pre-Physical Therapy


New England Regional Tuition Program

If you are a resident of a New England state other then Rhode Island, The New England Board of Higher Education provides discounted tuition for a select group of majors. Tuition and fees are estimated and subject to change.

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7 degree-granting colleges:

URI Honors Program

Our Honors Program aims to enrich your academic experience with smaller classes, interdisciplinary subjects, and an annual colloquium that explores current, recurrent, or emerging issues. Eligibility for freshmen entering in the fall of 2015 includes a minimum GPA of 3.8/4.0, with no minimum standardized test scores - OR - a minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 and at least a combined Critical Reading and Math SAT score of 1200 or 27 ACT.

Center for Student Leadership Development

We offer a pre-freshman Leadership Institute and a Leadership Studies minor. Learn more today!

award-winning Academic Advising

Whether you know what you want to study or have no idea, URI's offers award-winning academic advising through University College for Academic Success to help you explore your options, from deciding on a major to learning about career paths that you never knew existed.

Office of Admission Mission Statement

The Office of Admission strives each year to enroll a diverse undergraduate class of freshman and transfer students from the state of Rhode Island as well as from other states and countries. We seek to enroll students who are prepared to be successful at the University, who possess a variety of talents and strengths, who are committed to becoming contributing members of the community, and who will be stimulated and challenged by doing undergraduate work in an environment that includes scholarly research and graduate study.