Biology Department offers excellent programs:

Through its diversity of course offerings and its commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service, the Department of Biology provides academic programs that prepare students for careers as biological professionals, biological educators, or for post-graduate study. Students can choose from several baccalaureate degree programs and five graduate degree programs in science education. To learn about these degree programs, click on "Undergraduate Programs" or "Science Education" to the right. Students should consider engaging in research and out-of-classroom activities offered through the Department. Click on the link for "Student Resources" to the right for information about these activities.

Dedicated faculty:

The Biology Department strives to provide its faculty with opportunities, resources, and rewards to achieve excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the University and local communities. Members of the Biology faculty strive to enhance and enrich the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural life of the region.

Mission statement:

The mission of the Department of Biology is to advance scientific literacy, research, and service through outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in the biological sciences and science education.  Our students and science educators are broadly prepared through exceptional instruction, experiential learning, research and internship experiences, and community partnerships to be critically thinking citizens who embrace diversity and new ideas in a rapidly changing world. Our students are prepared to create, innovate, collaborate, make new discoveries, and to apply scientific knowledge in ways that benefit environmental sustainability, human health, and the life sciences.

Diversity and inclusion statement: 

The Biology Department embraces challenges associated with making our community more equitable, diverse, and inclusive. We strive to work together, whereby students, faculty, and staff support each other in fulfilling each individual’s potential, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic or cultural identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religious affiliation, disability, or other attributes that make people unique. Our Department is grounded firmly in science, an ongoing process by which we seek to understand the natural world and to refine our knowledge in light of new evidence. We provide mentoring opportunities and scientific research experiences to support these goals.

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