Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University. The department has a diverse array of faculty interests that emphasize an integrative approach to biological questions, both in teaching and research, from the molecular to the global level. Our students will gain an appreciation for biology as a scientific discipline, become scientifically literate, and understand the importance of biology in their daily lives.
Our undergraduates complete four core courses (Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution, and Genetics) as they begin their adventure into the wonders of the biological world. These courses provide them with the gateway to our wide selection of upper level courses which range from the wonders of microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, algae, and phytoplankton); through the aquatic realms of benthic organisms to the delights of the lobsters and fishes; from the understanding of the immune systems of invertebrates as well as humans; to the genetics and physiological processes of microbes, invertebrates, fish, and man.
At the graduate level this diversity of courses continues, and the students in our MS program or either of the two PhD programs [Ecological Sciences or Biomedical Sciences] are encouraged to address questions in their chosen biological specialty. Students in the graduate programs work closely the research faculty to develop their research in areas such as: aquatic biomechanics, lobster ecology, fish systematics and diversity, benthic ecology, biofuels, disease ecology, genetics of polymorphisms, effects of drugs on physiological systems, innate immune systems, microbial pathogenesis, ethnobotany, plant systematics, plant physiology, disease immunology, reproductive physiology, entomology, and parasite drug resistance.
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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999