The Department of Biology covers the spectrum of biological organization from the molecular world to the ecosystems all around us. The department offers degrees in Biology (undergraduate degree in biology and graduate degree in biology), Molecular Biology (undergraduate degree in molecular biology and graduate degree in molecular biology) and Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science or in Education for undergraduates and a concentration in Ecology and EvolutionPhysiology, or Pedagogy for graduates. The campus community have access to condensed course options that fulfill general education requirements. Beyond the Department offerings, we maintain significant roles in the interdisciplinary BS in Science InformaticsBS/MS in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences and PhD in Environmental Management. Externally, we participate with other institutions in articulated medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing, and optometry.

In reflection of the larger mission of the University and the College, the Biology Department strives to foster the ability to critically examine information and discover new knowledge through rigorous scientific reasoning in budding life scientists. These generally imperative skills are then applied to serving the best interests of the region.

Experiences are memorable, which is why hands-on research training is a cornerstone of our programs and courses. Paired with ever-evolving material, all the work assigned emphasize the integrative nature of biological studies and combine to develop the practical and intellectual skills required to succeed in rewarding careers imperative to our local and global communities.

Our faculty promote educational equity and academic excellence interacting closely with students in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the field.

Department News

  • Feature image for Marine Biology Master's student takes flight researching with drones

    Marine Biology Master's student takes flight researching with dronesLauren O’Neil and Dr. Amy Ferdinand are conducting a study at a pond located in Byram Township in Sussex County, where Lauren is studying the biology of a species of freshwater clam. Wednesday November 15, 2017

  • Dr. John Smallwood with an American Kestrel

    John Smallwood, Biology, Elected American Ornithological Society FellowThe American Ornithological Society (AOS), the most prestigious professional society in the discipline, chooses Fellows based on their exceptional and sustained contributions to ornithology.Tuesday September 26, 2017

  • Feature image for Helping STEM Pioneers Succeed

    Helping STEM Pioneers SucceedDr. Dirk Vanderklein leads an interdisciplinary team funded by the National Science Foundation's Education Dept. helping first generation students succeed in STEM majors.Monday February 20, 2017

  • Feature image for Darwin Day Celebration

    Darwin Day CelebrationFunded by Madelon Wehner, students presented posters of their research and the day concluded with a lecture given by Eric Wieschaus, Nobel Laureate.Wednesday February 15, 2017

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Student Information

Use the following links to find information regarding programs, advising, scholarships, and more.

Incoming freshmen can view the New Students page for information and requirements for entering into the program!

Looking to continue your education in a medical field? Visit the Pre-Health Advisory Committee website to learn about what you need to do for a letter of recommendation and to ensure you’re prepared for medical school.

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Research

The Department of Biology is housed in Science Hall, a facility that includes well-equipped research laboratories, teaching laboratories and prep rooms, a greenhouse, and faculty/staff offices. Research is funded by agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), SeaGrant, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

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Contact

Contact The Department of Biology

Location:
Science Hall Room 107
Phone:
973-655-4397
Fax:
973-655-7047

Department Administrators

Name Title Email Office Extension
Quinn Vega Chairperson vegaq@montclair.edu  SCIE 107A 7178
Stefanie Bryant Secretarial Assistant III bryants@montclair.edu SCIE 107 4397