Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a diverse curriculum in biology, with coursework ranging from molecular biology to ecosystem ecology. Biology courses may be used to complete five major and five minor degrees. In addition the department offers non-majors biology coursework that fulfills the Natural Science (N) core curriculum requirement, and courses that fulfill pre-clinical biology requirements for nursing, kinesiology, athletic training, and other majors. 

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The Department of Biological Sciences offers curricula leading to two degrees that are administered by the department, the degrees of Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Science in microbiology. 

The Bachelor of Science in biology allows considerable flexibility and can be customized to meet the interests of individual students, while meeting the requirements of most post-graduate professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry and veterinary medicine. The Bachelor of Science in microbiology is a more focused program in the biology of microorganisms, but includes coursework that meets the requirements of most post-graduate professional programs in the health professions. 

In addition, the College of Arts and Sciences offers interdisciplinary double major Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in marine sciences (marine science/biology, marine science/chemistry and marine science/geology). These double-major curricula provide a focused exposure to include general education requirements, single disciplinary requirements and interdisciplinary courses in the field of marine science.

The Department of Biological Sciences also offers minors in biology, microbiology and marine science, and participates in interdisciplinary minors in natural resource management and evolutionary studies.

No undergraduate course offered by the Department of Biological Sciences may be attempted more than three times. Mid-semester withdrawal (any withdrawal that results in a final grade of W) is not considered an attempt. Students who, in three attempts, fail to pass a required course or fail to make a C- or better in a Biology course that is a prerequisite for a required upper level course may no longer major in Biology.


Chair and professor
  • Mortazavi, Behzad
  • Benstead, Jon
  • Caldwell, Guy
  • Caldwell, Kimberly
  • Cherry, Julia
  • Findlay, Robert
  • Harris, Phillip
  • Huryn, Alexander
  • Lopez-Bautista, Juan
  • Olson, Julie
  • Powell, Martha J.
  • Secor, Stephen
  • Sobecky, Patricia
  • Starr, Greg
  • Staudhammer, Christina
Associate professors
  • Duffy, Carol
  • Earley, Ryan
  • Howeth, Jennifer
  • Jenny, Matthew
  • Lozier, Jeff
  • Ramonell, Katrina
  • Reed, Laura
  • Yoder, John
Assistant professors
  • Atkinson, Carla
  • Becker, Gui
  • Chaudhuri, Anathbandhu
  • Chtarbanova, Stanislava
  • Ciesla, Lukasz
  • Correll, R. Nathan
  • Ferguson, Paige
  • Fierst, Jana
  • Hatoum-Aslan, Asma
  • Heinrich, Kaleb
  • Hodges, Tyler
  • Kocot, Kevin
  • Lackey, Kimberly
  • Lam, Daryl
  • McKain, Michael
  • Pienaar, Jason


Intro Biology Non Maj I

Lecture and laboratory. Not open to biology majors or minors, or pre-health professions students. 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.

Natural Science
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.

Natural Science

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