The Biological Sciences are central to our understanding of life on earth and the issues we face, both medically and environmentally. Biology is a multidisciplinary field that is integral to many programs across the university and this is reflected in both our teaching portfolio and our collaborative research accomplishments. The department's research and teaching expertise encompasses the spectrum of biological scale from DNA to proteins to cells to systems to organisms. Our undergraduate degree programs reflect this scale and allow students to examine and explore the living world broadly and deeply. Course topics include molecular biology, genetics, cancer biology, cell biology, developmental biology, neurobiology, physiology, microbiology, evolution and ecology.
The Department has a distinguished history in scholarship and teaching, an award-winning faculty, significant extramural research funding, and offers PhD programs in Molecular Biology & Genetics and Cell & Organ Systems. The Department has a vibrant and diverse collaborative research and teaching community that consists of 30 faculty members with broad research interests that include molecular biology and genetics, developmental biology, cell and tissue physiology, microbiology and science education. Our faculty bring their research knowledge and understanding to the classroom using diverse teaching methods to accommodate all learner types. The Department graduate program has 90 graduate students in its Masters and PhD programs exploring the molecular mechanisms of life processes using bacterial, invertebrate and vertebrate model systems and using this knowledge to improve and enhance our society.
The department delivers an undergraduate experience that combines classroom teaching, problem-based learning with hands on classroom laboratory experience, as well as mentored original research in faculty laboratories to provide our students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career paths.
On these pages, you will find information on academic programs and research for undergraduate and graduate students as well as information on preparing for professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, optometry and graduate research, as well as for careers in biotechnology, business, science and public policy, teaching and higher education.