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, Physiology, 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/MS in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences and PhD in Environmental Management. Externally, we participate with other institutions in articulated medicine, 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.
Sacrificing 2,000 Trees To Thwart a Troublesome BeetleDr. Dirk Vanderklein provided insight regarding ash trees, and the invasive emerald ash borer beetle to CBS2 News as Montclair prepares to remove many of the trees.Monday October 28, 2019
Ladies’ choice: What drives faster, flashier formation of new animal speciesDr. Robert Meredith participates in research helping to answer questions revolving around sexual selection and evolutionary biology.Friday August 23, 2019
Cling and Sting: Tiny jellyfish a big hazard in South County ponds, riverProfessor Paul Bologna, accompanied by two students, took a trip up to Rhode Island to collect samples and data of the invasive jellyfish now in the area.Thursday July 18, 2019
Emma Akuffo intends to make the world a healthier placeThe biology and child advocacy and policy major has already started a non profit and is heading to Harvard to continue her education.Friday May 17, 2019