Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting Accounting - The accounting program provides specialized training in financial reporting, auditing, tax, and cost accounting. Upon completion of all course and credit degree requirements, accounting majors are prepared to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination if they choose to do so.
  • Africana Studies Africana Studies B.A. - Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African and African American Studies. African American Studies is, in both content and analysis, interdisciplinary. Its objectives are to explore and evaluate the social, cultural, economic, personal and instructional conditions of peoples of African descent.
  • Animal Science Animal Science and Technology B.S. - Choose from three tracks: Animal Management, Animal Science or Pre-Veterinary
  • Anthropology Anthropology B.A. - The Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology offers courses in all major subfields of the study of humankind: archaeology, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, and anthropological linguistics.
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology Aquaculture and Fisheries Science B.S. - Aquaculture and Fishery Technology at URI is designed to prepare students for professional or technical careers in aquaculture or fisheries oriented occupations. It is sufficiently broad to allow for specialization in either Fisheries or Aquaculture Science and Technology.
  • Art Art B.F.A., B.A. - The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art includes painting and drawing, sculpture, printmaking, film and video, digital art and design, and photography. Students work in various media to develop technical skills and to provide opportunities for creative expression as well as hands-on practical experience working closely with artist/instructors in classroom settings and one-to-one exchanges. The program educates art and art history students in the understanding, production, and analysis of visual art and culture.
  • Art History Art History B.A. - The Art History program offers a thorough introduction to the art and architecture of Europe and the Americas, beginning in ancient times to contemporary art. Students learn about the major monuments from the history of painting, sculpture, architecture, printmaking, photography, and more by studying them in their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Visiting artists, scholars, and curators enrich the regular course offerings with special lectures, workshops, and other events.
  • Biology Biological Sciences B.S. - The B.S. Biological Sciences program provides sound undergraduate training in basic sub-disciplines of biology and the supporting sciences of mathematics, chemistry, and physics. The program is highly flexible, allowing students to specialize in plant or animal biology, and in one or several sub-disciplines, such as ecology, physiology, evolution, behavior, cell or developmental biology.  The degree is ideal for students contemplating admission to a professional school (medical, dental, veterinary) or for graduate study in biological sciences and related fields.
  • Biology Biology B.A. - The B.A. in Biology provides a high degree of flexibility. Students earn a liberal arts degree, which provides a foundation in biology with the option to choose courses in other disciplines. Students may want to use this opportunity to obtain further training in a sub-discipline of biology. For example, students could prepare for a career in scientific illustration or technical writing by double majoring in biology and art, or biology and English or journalism. Majors in biology and business administration would be excellent preparation to enter hospital administration or the business sector of pharmaceuticals.
  • Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering B.S. - Our biomedical engineers apply engineering methods and principles, adapting technology to solve problems in the life sciences and medicine in order to improve and save lives. Our students learn how to design and develop medical equipment and instrumentation for the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and health problems as well as for use in biological research.
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology B.S. - Biochemistry Track The B.S in CMB provides students with a solid foundation in cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics. Further, experiential learning is an integral part of this degree program. This training will enable students to make meaningful contributions to global medical and environmental issues including the study of the molecular basis […]
  • Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering B.S. - With an emphasis on hands-on experience, our students combine learning in chemistry, physics and biology to prepare for careers in chemical production, pharmaceuticals, polymers, new materials, renewable energy, environmental sustainability and more. Our students pursue a traditional chemical engineering degree, and have the option of selecting a biology or pharmaceutical track. Biology Track With an […]
  • Forensic Chemistry Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry B.S. - This degree emphasizes a strong preparation in chemistry supplemented by an introduction into the field of forensic science. The program features exposure to forensic scientists from around the country who give presentations at the weekly Forensic Science seminar.
  • Chemistry Chemistry B.A., B.S. - Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry The B.A in Chemistry is designed to provide the student flexibility in the breadth of courses taken across the University while also providing a firm foundation. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry The B.S. in Chemistry emphasizes breath of training in chemistry, and is highly recommended if students plan to seek […]
  • Chinese Chinese B.A. - The  Bachelor of Arts in Chinese allows students to major, minor, or enroll in dual degree programs, like the International Business or Engineering Program (IBP or IEP); or combine with another major such as political science, English, economics, fashion merchandising, or journalism.  There is also a choice of the Chinese Language Flagship Program, an honors program designed to help students from any major achieve superior fluency through a five-year plan. And students can participate in exchange programs and summer intensive programs to gain Chinese proficiency.
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Civil Engineering B.S. - From implementing smart transit systems, to designing wind farm foundations, to ensuring water quality, to crafting evacuation models, to creating safer bridges, our civil engineers provide the backbone of the world’s infrastructure. We place an emphasis on global learning that bridges classroom knowledge with projects abroad.
  • Classical Studies Classical Studies B.A. - Choose from two tracks: Classical Civilization & Culture, or Classics
  • Communication Studies Communication Studies B.A. - Students selecting this major may pursue studies in business and professional communication, communication theory, oral interpretation, rhetoric and public address, or public relations.
  • Speech Language Pathology Communicative Disorders B.S. - Communicative Disorders majors study the anatomical, physiological, neurological, linguistic, acoustic, cognitive, social and cultural bases of communication disorders.  This undergraduate degree can help prepare students for further study as professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
  • Computer Engineering Computer Engineering B.S. - Our students learn to develop computer systems that drive the modern world. We develop better ways to route Internet traffic, improve data security and integrity, provide clear cell phone reception and even predict the weather. Our students learn to combine hardware concepts from electrical engineering with software concepts from computer science to design these systems […]
  • Computer Science Computer Science B.A., B.S. - Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science The curriculum is designed to provide a broad introduction to the fundamentals of computer science including software and systems, programming languages, machine architecture, and theoretical foundations of computing. The required mathematics preparation provides a basis for advanced work. A minor degree in computer science is also available. Bachelor of […]
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Criminology and Criminal Justice B.A. - The B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare you for entry level positions in criminal justice and related fields, especially at the state and federal level, or for advanced study in graduate and professional programs.
  • Data Science B.A., B.S. - Data science is a rapidly emerging discipline that prepares you to collect, clean, organize, provide access to, analyze and communicate data. It is a combination of computer science, databases, ethics, mathematics, and statistics at its core. You will ultimately learn to apply these skills to multiple other domains such as art, biology, business, climate, health, humanities, oceanography, science, social science, and more.
  • Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy, Pharm.D. - The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is a ‘zero to six’ program, which means you begin as a freshman and complete the program in six years, graduating with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  The program stresses critical thinking, active learning and clinical experience to prepare you for practice in a variety of professional settings.
  • stock market graph Economics B.A., B.S. - The Bachelor of Arts degree provides a deep knowledge of the world’s economy in the best traditions of the liberal arts. The Bachelor of Science degree has two options: Applied Economics or Theory & Methods.
  • Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering B.S. - Electrical engineering lies at the heart of modern science. Our students develop the circuits that form the basis of computer and communication systems and provide the controls for large-scale systems. Our students are introduced to a wide range of applications from electronics and device fabrication, to computers, to control and communication, to electromagnetics and optics.
  • Education Elementary Education B.A. - The Elementary Education Program is a fully accredited certification program which prepares teachers of children in grades 1-6. The curriculum offers a balanced program of academic preparation and professional training.
  • English English B.A. - Through a rich array of course offerings in literary, film, cultural studies and creative writing, students are rigorously trained in critical reading, thinking and writing skills, to ensure their preparation in a broad range of canonical and non-canonical texts.
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Environmental and Natural Resource Economics B.S. - Choose from two tracks: Environmental Economics and Management, or Green Markets and Sustainability.
  • Environmental Science and Management Environmental Science & Management B.S. - Environmental Science and Management incorporates course work in water resources, geospatial technologies, wetland ecology, wildlife biology, soil science, forestry, and land use/environmental quality relationships.
  • Film Media Film Media B.A. - Film/Media is an interdisciplinary program offering hands-on experience in documentary, experimental, and new media production, balanced with an emphasis on international cinemas, film/media history, criticism and theory.
  • Finance Finance - The finance major provides students with the necessary foundation for entry level positions in banking, corporate finance, and investments.
  • French French B.A. - The majority of French majors are double or triple majors, and most finish in four years. There are 47 different majors that have been combined with French at URI. The majority of French majors study abroad during their junior year and/or during a summer session.
  • Gender and Women's Studies Gender and Women’s Studies B.A. - Gender and Women's Studies uses feminist and interdisciplinary methods to teach, conduct research, and expand existing bodies of knowledge. Critical thinking, the production of theory, and the assumption of community and global responsibility are integral to these methods.
  • Business Administration General Business Administration - A major in general business administration offers you the opportunity to study all phases of a business operation. This major is an excellent option if you are seeking a broad business background or are interested in obtaining a general business background at the undergraduate level before pursuing more specialized graduate work.
  • Geology Geology and Geological Oceanography B.S. - The program is designed for students with an interest in earth, environmental or oceanographic science careers or affiliated fields such as environmental law and earth/environmental science education. Geoscientists are employed by three segments of the economy: private, government and academia.
  • German German B.A. - The requirement for the B.A in German is 30 credits (excluding GER 101 and 102). At any point during their undergraduate studies, students can accelerate their path to proficiency in German (and to meeting the graduation requirements) by taking summer courses in the Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik.
  • Business Administration Global Business Management - This major will equip students with the ability to work comfortably in more than one corner of the global marketplace. Drawing on the resources of the College of Business and the University, this interdisciplinary program allows you to understand the languages and cultural/political contexts that affect an enterprise.
  • Health Studies Health Studies B.S. - This interdisciplinary program prepares students for non-clinical careers in public health, health education promotion, health services, and health-related research working in for-profit companies, hospitals and community health agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Specializations include Global and Environmental Health, Health Promotion, and Health Services.
  • History History B.A. - History majors learn valuable skills including how to analyze complex issues, plan research projects, locate information, collect and interpret evidence, understand cultural differences, read critically, write effectively, and work independently. Degrees in history lead to career opportunities in business, education, law, public service, and historical research. Students have enough electives to complete a second major, complete the Teacher Education program, study abroad, or take advantage of internship programs.
  • Human Development and Family Studies Human Development and Family Studies B.S. - This major prepares you to work with children, families, adolescents, and adults in a variety of human service and community settings.  You will choose from a variety of professional preparation concentrations and certificate options including Child Settings, Family and Community Settings, and Family Finance.
  • Systems Engineering Industrial and Systems Engineering B.S. - Our students improve systems across all industries, including defense, aviation, manufacturing and health care. We ensure these systems operate at top efficiency and safety. We combine broad engineering skills with behavioral science to graduate students ready to tackle even the most complex system challenges.
  • Business Administration Innovation and Entrepreneurship - The major in innovation and entrepreneurship is designed for students who will one day own their own business, innovate within a large firm or provide advice and goods or services to a small firm. The major provides students with the tools to identify and evaluate business opportunities, develop and execute a business concept and determine what resources are required to effectively manage a new venture.
  • International Studies and Diplomacy B.A. - This is an interdisciplinary dual major undergraduate program, combining majors in International Studies and a modern language. Study abroad is required for the program, and you will gain essential knowledge and skills in international politics, economics, cultures and language. The program prepares you for careers in Foreign Service, diplomacy, international non-governmental organizations, and more.
  • Italian Italian B.A. - Knowledge of the Italian language affords access to one of the West's richest cultural traditions as well as to one of Europe's most vital contemporary societies. Italian is a primary language for research in art history, music, philosophy, literary studies, and archaeology.
  • Journalism Journalism B.A. - Journalism majors gain a multi-disciplinary, hands-on learning experience as they are prepared for working in all aspects of news, from traditional newspaper or television stations to TV network reporters or new media entrepreneurs.
  • Kinesiology Kinesiology B.S. - Kinesiology studies all aspects of human movement—from the cellular level to the level of global physical cultures. Students can choose one of four major specializations: Exercise Science, Health Fitness, Physical Education Teacher Education, and Early Contingent Physical Therapy.
  • Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture B.L.A. - The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree (BLA) is designed to prepare you for careers in design, planning, preservation and restoration of the landscape by applying art, science and technology to achieve the best use of land and water resources.
  • Business Administration Management - The College of Business Administration offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in management. The curriculum is intended to provide the student with a background in general management of a firm.
  • Marine Affairs Marine Affairs B.A., B.S. - The Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs is an interdisciplinary study of the effective marine and coastal management. The Bachelor of Science in Marine Affairs puts a heavier emphasis on science and mathematics than the Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs.
  • Marine Biology Marine Biology B.S. - The curriculum for the BS in Marine Biology is designed for students who plan on pursuing marine biology at a professional level and those who would like to use their training in marine biology in the context of a wide range of career options. It encourages students to explore the vast world of marine biology while providing an important foundation in modern biological sciences as well as in chemistry, math, physics and oceanography.
  • Business Administration Marketing - As a marketing major, you will obtain the skills and knowledge that will allow you to shape the strategic direction of every type of company from the smallest start-ups to the world’s largest firms. You will learn how to develop new products, build strong brands, set optimal prices, create powerful communications, utilize digital media, target markets, and manage customer relationships and product distribution within a dynamic global environment.
  • Mathematics Mathematics B.A., B.S. - The Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics include core courses along with higher level courses in several areas that allow you to explore the fascinating world of mathematics.
  • Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering B.S. - We create the products that you use every day. Our work enhances cars, energy systems, medical devices, nuclear power and other equipment upon which our society depends. Our labs develop blast-resistant materials, innovative medical diagnostic tools and new alloy materials.
  • Medical Laboratory Science Medical Laboratory Science B.S. - The major in Medical Laboratory Science has two tracks. The Medical Laboratory Science Track includes a one-year, accredited internship at several regional medical centers and prepares you to become a certified/licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Music Music B.A., B.O.M. - Bachelor of Arts in Music The Bachelor of Arts in Music combines a program of performance, history and theory with more in-depth study in the liberal arts, while the Bachelor of Music provides more intensive training in music. The Music BA has three areas of concentration: Music – with a focus on music performance, history, […]
  • Nursing Nursing B.S. - The B.S. prepares you to become a professional nurse, eligible to take the State Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN). You will be eligible for an entry level position in medical, surgical, geriatric, maternity, pediatric, psychiatric-mental health or community nursing in a variety of settings: hospitals, home health care, clinics, community health agencies, hospices or the armed services.
  • Dietetics Nutrition and Dietetics B.S. - Drawing on chemistry, biochemistry and physiology, nutritionists study the body’s requirements for nutrients throughout life, and the effects of inadequate intakes on health and well-being. They also study social, economic, cultural, and psychological implications of food and eating. Three tracks include Nutrition Science, Health Promotion, or Foods. 
  • Ocean Engineering Ocean Engineering B.S. - Our nationally recognized program is a leader in ocean instrumentation and robotics, underwater acoustics, marine hydrodynamics and tsunamis, coastal modeling, marine geomechanics, coastal and offshore structures, and offshore power generation.
  • Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences B.S. - The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences  prepares you for careers in the pharmaceutical, consumer products, and healthcare industries.
  • A row of columns to represent the classical foundation of philosophy. Philosophy B.A. - The Bachelors degree in philosophy is concerned with teaching students the methodology of clear and logical thinking. In addition, it deals with ultimate questions of human existence, such as the nature of morality, the purpose of human life, the place of humans in the universe, the problem of evil, the nature of scientific theorizing, and other, similar problems.
  • Physics Physics and Physical Oceanography B.S. - The Bachelor of Science in Physics and Physical Oceanography program is unique in the entire United States. It is jointly offered by the Physics Department and the Graduate School of Oceanography. Students in this program are optimally prepared for graduate studies in oceanography.
  • Physics Physics B.S. - The BS in Physics program provides the best preparation for students planning to move on to graduate studies in physics and for students seeking careers as professional physicists in industry or government. The curriculum provides a general background in both theoretical and experimental physics.
  • A close up of seedlings in a green house Photo by CHU TAI on Unsplash Plant Sciences B.S. - Plant Sciences prepares students for professional careers in horticulture with a central focus on sustainability.
  • Political Science Political Science, B.A. - The Bachelor of Arts degree in political science includes the study of governments, political philosophy, international political organizations, civil and international conflict, public policies, political processes, political movements, campaigns and political behavior.
  • Psychology Psychology B.A., B.S. - Psychology is the study of the human mind and behavior, which means that it’s all around us, all the time. Studying the subject can help students in whatever profession they choose.
  • An old-fashioned microphone Public Relations B.A. - The Public Relations Program combines traditional courses in writing and public relations theory with courses invoking critical thought about the pervasive impact of social media within the business environment.
  • Education Secondary Education B.A. - This degree leads to an initial teaching certificate for grades 7-12 in the area of specialization. Secondary certifications are offered in biology, chemistry, general science, physics, English, modern languages, social studies, history, and math.
  • A crown of people walking on a floor with stripes of light and dark. Sociology B.A. - Sociology at URI provides students with a wide range of opportunities and challenges. Built on the University’s solid foundation of general education, our programs of study offer extensive course work in family and intimate relations, criminology and corrections, and institutional analysis.
  • Spanish Spanish B.A. - Students receiving a BA in Spanish will demonstrate advanced skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening.
  • People working on computers with documents on a table. Supply Chain Management - The URI supply chain management major focuses on the strategic planning, design, operations, transportation, logistics, and improvement of all activities involved in the procurement, manufacture, and delivery of goods and services.
  • Furrows of tilled soil. Photo by Zbysiu Rodak on Unsplash Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems B.S. - Students completing this interdisciplinary program will graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to contribute to sustainable development, production, management, and utilization of terrestrial and aquatic microorganisms, plants and animals by society worldwide.
  • Fashion Textile Marketing B.S. - The Textile Marketing degree combines a major in textiles with courses that meet the degree requirements in the College of Business Administration.
  • Fashion Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design B.S. - Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD) is designed for those interested in fashion coordination, buying, and retail management.
  • Picture of a stage with a red curtain. Photo by Rob Laughter on Unsplash. Theatre B.A., B.F.A. - Bachelor of Fine Arts: Acting Track The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre allows an intensive specialization in one or two fields of your choice: Acting, Directing, Design and Technology, Stage and Theatre Management and Musical Theatre. The acting track prepares students who are aspiring actors. Bachelor of Fine Arts: Design and Technology Track […]
  • Coyote in the snow, picture by Alan Emery Wildlife and Conservation Biology B.S. - Students enrolled in the major study the natural sciences and principles of managing wildlife populations and their habitats. This major fulfills the educational requirements for certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society and provides an excellent foundation for graduate school.
  • A hand holding a stylus, on top of a tablet Writing and Rhetoric B.A. - The bachelors degree in Writing & Rhetoric supports practice of writing in a wide range of settings. You will learn to collect information, conduct research, compose, analyze, and revise texts of many kinds.