Biological Sciences

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If you have a passion for understanding how cells and living organisms function, and enjoy scientific experimentation and field or laboratory studies, then you should consider majoring in biology. Biology is the study of living organisms (bacteria, algae, protozoans, fungi, plants, and animals). It is a large discipline that encompasses molecules and cells, organs and organ systems, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Biologists study cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution, organismal biology, systematics and ecology, and behavior.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers bachelors and master's degrees in Biological Sciences. When students complete a bachelor?s degree in Biological Sciences, they are prepared for exciting careers in the sciences and eligible for graduate study in master or doctoral programs or health-related fields (e.g., chiropractors, clinical laboratory scientists, dentists, nurses, optometrists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, and veterinarians). Visit our Careers in Biological Sciences Web page to explore the possibilities: ( )

The department offers a broad spectrum of courses, most of which include investigative laboratories that appeal to a wide diversity of students. Introductory biology classes for majors typically have 32 or fewer students, with advanced courses typically having fewer than 24. Many of the classrooms in the Life Sciences building are equipped with the latest teaching and learning technology. Additional information on course offerings can be found at the department?s website: ( )

The Department of Biological Sciences has an outstanding and accessible faculty comprised largely of PhDs with areas of expertise including: ornithology, plant physiology, horticulture, comparative physiology, microbiology, fisheries biology, genetics, behavior, parasitology, science education, pharmacology, mycology, anatomy, neurobiology, aquatic ecology, phycology, plant ecology, plant systematics, developmental biology, cell biology, lichenology, and wildlife biology.

Biological Sciences majors are encouraged to complete an undergraduate research experience and are given a unique opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on experimental research projects. Students have access to a variety of field and laboratory equipment including a DNA sequencer, electrophoresis equipment, gas chromatograph, the biotechnology center and a modern computer laboratory and are able to gain hands-on experience using a wide variety of advanced scientific equipment. A detailed list of faculty research interests can be found on the departmental website: ( )


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Altamont Lions Club/Ernie C. Ballard Scholarship
Ann Frommel Memorial Scholarship
Balsaar & Ruth Bubeck Scholarship
Brian & Trina Myerscough - Chad Pfeffinger Outstanding Sigma Pi Service Award
Burgner Memorial Scholarship
Carolyn Shores Cook & Allyn Cook Memorial Scholarship
Charles B. Arzeni Tropical Biology Fund
Charles E and Ferne Tingley Compton Botany Scholarship
Charles L. and Kathryn Joley and Family Deans Scholarship in Education
College of Sciences Advisory Board Endowed Fund
College of Sciences Student Advisory Board Student Assistance Award
DEANs Ecological Sciences Scholarship
Dr Harold M & Alice D Cavins Scholarship
Dr. Barbara L. Hill Memorial Scholarship
Dr. John Guckert Memorial Scholarship
Education Scholars Award
Embarras Valley Quail Unlimited Scholarship
Ernest L. Stover Scholarship
Errett and Mazie Warner Presidential Award in Botany
Errett and Mazie Warner Presidential Award in Zoology
Eugene B. Krehbiel Scholarship
Eunice W. Dougherty Scholarship
Frank McCormick Phi Beta Kappa Study Abroad Scholarship
G. B. Dudley Memorial Scholarship
Gerardo J. Solis Latino Latina Scholarship
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Biological Sciences, Life Science 2070
Contact Name: Dr. Karen F. Gaines
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