Department of Biological Sciences

The department of biological sciences offers a degree leading to a bachelor of science with a major in biology. This is a rigorous program that offers broad exposure to various aspects of biological sciences including ecology, systematics biodiversity, plant and animal biology, microbiology and molecular and cellular biology. Preprofessional students preparing for medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, optometry and veterinary school may utilize this degree, with the inclusion of appropriate classes.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers interdisciplinary marine sciences double major programs (marine science/biology, marine science/chemistry and marine science/geology) culminating in the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree. These double-major curricula provide the student a focused exposure to include general education requirements, single disciplinary requirements and the interdisciplinary courses that represent studies in the field of marine science.

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Programs

The department of biological sciences offers three majors that culminate in baccalaureate degrees: biology, marine science/biology double major and microbiology. The department also offers minors in biology, microbiology and marine science.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers interdisciplinary marine science double major programs (marine science/biology, marine science/chemistry and marine science/geology) culminating in the bachelor of science (BS) degree. These double major curricula give the student a focused exposure to include general education requirements, single disciplinary requirements and the interdisciplinary courses that represent studies in the field of marine science. A minor in marine science is available to students whose major fields are biology, chemistry or geology.

Faculty

Chair and professor
  • O'Donnell, Janis
Professors
  • Caldwell, Guy
  • Caldwell, Kimberly
  • Findlay, Robert
  • Francko, David A.
  • Huryn, Alexander
  • Lopez-Bautista, Juan
  • Olson, Julie
  • Pinkert, Carl
  • Powell, Martha J.
  • Secor, Stephen
  • Sobecky, Patricia
  • Stephenson, Edwin C.
Associate professors
  • Benstead, Jon
  • Cherry, Julia
  • Duffy, Carol
  • Earley, Ryan
  • Harris, Phillip
  • Jenny, Matthew
  • Johnson, Margaret
  • Marcus, Stevan
  • Mortazavi, Behzad
  • Ramonell, Katrina
  • Starr, Greg
  • Staudhammer, Christina
  • Yoder, John
Assistant professors
  • Atkinson, Carla
  • Fierst, Jana
  • Hatoum-Aslan, Asma
  • Howeth, Jennifer
  • Lam, Daryl
  • Lozier, Jeff
  • Pienaar, Jason
  • Reed, Laura

Courses

BSC
108
Hours
4
Intro Biology Non Maj I

Lecture and laboratory. Not open to biology majors or minors, pre-health professions students, or students with credit for BSC 114:115 and BSC 116:117 (or the honors equivalents, BSC 118 and BSC 120). Survey of the basic principles of cellular biology, genetics, plant and animal diversity, and evolution. Usually offered fall, spring, and summer. BSC 108 and BSC 109 may be taken in either order.

BSC
109
Hours
4
Intro Biology Non Maj II

Lecture and laboratory. Not open to biology majors or minors, or to pre-health professions students. Study of the physiology of living organisms with emphasis on the physiology of humans. Includes an overview of general ecology and animal behavior. Usually offered fall, spring and summer. BSC 108 and BSC 109 may be taken in either order.

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