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.

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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 I Science Hall, 107 973-655-4397