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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 Evolution or Physiology. 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/MS in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences and PhD in Environmental Management. Externally, we participate with other institutions in articulated dentistry, pharmacy, 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.

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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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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), Unites States Geological Survey (USGS), SeaGrant, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

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Science Hall Room 107

Department Administrators

Name Title Location Phone Email
Dirk Vanderklein Chairperson Science Hall, 116 973-655-5265
Stefanie Bryant Secretarial Assistant III Science Hall, 107 973-655-4397