The Department of Biology covers the spectrum of biological organization from the molecular world to the ecosystems all around us. 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) are offered. Biology majors may also add concentrations in Environmental Science or in Education for undergraduates and in Ecology and Evolution or Physiology for graduates. The interdisciplinary BS and MS in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences programs are also housed in the department. Beyond the Department offerings, we maintain significant roles in and PhD in Environmental Science and Management. Externally, we participate with other institutions in articulated dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry.
Reflecting the larger mission of the College and University, the Biology Department strives to foster the ability to critically examine information and discover new knowledge. Rigorous scientific reasoning and generally imperative skills come together in budding life scientists to be applied serving the best interests of the region. The Department also offers condensed course options that fulfill general education requirements for the remaining University community.
Experiences are memorable, which is why hands-on research training is a cornerstone of our programs and courses. Coursework, based on ever-evolving material, emphasize the integrative nature of biological studies and develop the practical and intellectual skills required to succeed in 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.
Professor Interviewed on 60 Second Science PodcastDr. Colette Feehan provided insight in the episode To Fight Climate Change: Grow a Floating Forest, Then Sink ItFriday April 23, 2021
Fifth Annual Wehner Research Symposium and Darwin Day CelebrationThe event featured student research and a keynote by Dr. Corrie Moreau, Cornell UniversityWednesday March 17, 2021
In the Pacific, Global Warming Disrupted The Ecological Dance of Urchins, Sea Stars And Kelp. Otters Help Restore Balance.When ocean heat waves and a sea star disease devastated kelp forests that are critical to sea life and the California urchin fishing industry, sea otters came to the rescue.Tuesday March 16, 2021
WSAV Honoring Black HistoryThe news station's segment featured Biology professor, Dr. Sandra Daise AdamsMonday March 1, 2021