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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biological Sciences

James MacKenzie, Chair
392 Shineman Center
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The Department of Biological Sciences offers several degree programs in biology and zoology focusing on modern biology and science as process. From molecules to ecosystems, our department provides solid foundations and integrative approaches to learning. Our curriculum spans a variety of sub-disciplines that culminate in our research and evolution capstone courses.

In consultation with faculty advisors, students will be prepared to enter graduate programs, professional programs, and/or the workforce. Our course offerings and undergraduate research opportunities reflect diverse interests across biological disciplines. Faculty expertise includes molecular biology (physiology and genetics), developmental biology, evolutionary biology, ecology, conservation, and interdisciplinary topics within and across microbiology, botany, and zoology. Student interactions with our faculty are central to our curriculum. Working with faculty, students obtain experience with modern scientific equipment in the laboratory and in the field. Students learn data analysis and interpretation techniques to foster independent thinking. Our facilities for teaching and research include laboratories in the new Shineman Center, Rice Creek Field Station, the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Center, a rooftop greenhouse, confocal and electron microscopes, an animal care suite, and various instrumentation shared with other science departments.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers an Honors Program in the major for exceptional students, and oversees the Martin V. Torok Memorial Award, the Norman J. and Elsie H. Gillette Award in Biology, and the Zoology Senior Award.

A biology certification in education program for grades 7-12 and a science concentration in biology for grades 1-6 are offered. See the Biological Sciences website for more information.




Honor Requirements for Major