The Department of Biological Sciences was officially formed in July 2007. This new department integrated the former Departments of Botany and Zoology and the Biology Teaching Program. Biological Sciences brings together faculty that are committed to advancing our understanding of biological structure and function, and developing new tools and technologies to address current and emerging problems facing all living organisms, including humans.
The Department promotes world-class research on three fronts, with graduate training offered in:
Biodiversity, Ecological and Environmental Biology
Cellular and Developmental Biology
The research faculty includes a complement of scientists who work to advance our knowledge in these broad areas using a range of organisms including protists, fungi, algae, plants and animals.
A hallmark of the Department is the integration of research and teaching expertise to
create opportunities for future growth
promote novel synergies in emerging areas of the biological sciences
provide students with a broad spectrum of research and flexible program opportunities
enhance the training of future scientists and leaders
Topical and exciting biological research is supported with modern tools and infrastructure. Our vigorous research environment brings together investigators and graduate students who share expertise, equipment, infrastructure, resources and inspiration.