Department of Biology

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The Department of Biological Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in biological disciplines that prepare students for a variety of careers and professional degree programs (e.g., medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, ecology, evolution, wildlife conservation, natural resources).

Our undergraduate degree programs includes options such as a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution (BEE), Biomedical Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Life Science Education, and a Histotechnican Certificate that can be completed along with our other programs at the same time. Whether you are interested in natural history, academic research, healthcare and medical professions, and education you will find an exciting array of degree options with flexible coureswork delivery styles to meet your needs.

Graduate programs in our department include a coursework-based Master of Arts (M.A.) that can be completed online for increased flexibility for working professionals that is perfect for science educators interested in a biology content-focused graduate degree. We also offer a thesis-based Master of Science (M.S.) in the Biological Sciences that provides hands-on research experiences in a variety of disciplines that is perfect for preparing students for academic research, continued doctoral education, medical school, and healthcare professions.

Talented faculty and staff, dedicated to teaching and learning by doing, paired with well-equipped labs and research centers provide an active learning environment for students. Faculty mentors guide laboratory, field work, and independent research projects to enhance the academic curriculum and provide hands-on learning experiences. 

Our facilities include laboratories that promote research and hands-on learning in microbiology, cell and tissue culture, phytoplankton, physiology, aquatic toxicology, genomics, systematics, evolutionary biology, taxonomy, ecology, and histology. We maintain specimen-based collections for teaching and research including zoological collections and a herbarium. Our greenhouse and vivarium supports a variety of educational and research experiences.

Our students find opportunities to learn from peers, alumni, experts in the field as well as our distinguished faculty. Below you will find a welcome to the department from Biological Sciences Chair Dr. Matt Julius.

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