Biology at a Glance

In the Department of Biological Sciences, students are taught and mentored by faculty who are known world-wide.  Each of the 26 full-time faculty and 3 full-time lecturers has a strong background in teaching and research, and, after earning their PH.D., has received additional, post-doctoral training at a prestigious university. Students learn modern approaches to biology and can participate in strong research programs in active, modern research laboratories. 

In 2012, over 1000 undergraduate majors sought one of three degrees in Biological Sciences.

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, which combines biology with a strong, distributed science background.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, which combines biology with a secondary focus in social sciences, liberal arts or fine arts.
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Faculty-Initiated Concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which combines biology and chemistry for a strong background in modern biotechnology.

Enthusiastic undergraduate students participate in a formal program of independent research, which allows them to earn credit while being trained and becoming experienced in laboratory procedures.  Students can present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and earn recognition and awards for doing so.

In 2012, 76 graduate students worked towards one of four graduate degrees.

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, which offers specializations in EEB (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) or MCDN (Molecular, Cellular, Developmental and Neural Biology)
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Master of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy
  • Master of Science in Forensic Biology.