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Department of Biological Sciences

Engaging students in the study of life

The Department of Biological Sciences provides students with a wide choice of experiences and opportunities in the life sciences — from medicine, to the environment, to basic and applied research in botany, ecology and evolutionary biology, marine biology, microbiology, and molecular biology.


Join our faculty

We are currently seeking highly qualified applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of cell and molecular biology to begin in August 2022. Particularly desirable are individuals addressing biomedically-relevant questions using bioinformatic tools. Learn more here.


Biology consists of many disciplines unified by the fact that all living things—plants, animals, and microorganisms—follow the same fundamental laws of heredity, reproduction, growth, development, self-maintenance, interaction, and response. Find out more about our academic programs here


A central focus of the Department of Biological Sciences is engaging students in the study of life through active learning in the classroom and through collaborative research in the laboratory and field. Perhaps the most necessary skills of a biologist are an inquisitive outlook and enthusiastic curiosity. Find out more about faculty research programs here

Each semester we invite speakers from other institutions to share their recent research findings. Find out about this semester's research seminar series here.

Faculty Success

Dr. Paul Barnes Contributes to Recent UNEP Publication

Dr. Paul Barnes was a contributor to a recent United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) publication titled, "Floral bullseyes and stratospheric ozone." The article discusses how the floral UV "bullseye" which guides pollinators to flowers could also help protect flowers from intensifyig solar UV radiation. Congratulation to Dr. Barnes and his colleagues! Click here to read the article.

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Student Success

Five Biology seniors received the Ruth and Lee Faust Award.

Five Biology seniors received the Ruth and Lee Faust Award. The Ruth and Lee Faust Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biological Sciences is given to the graduating student in Biological Sciences with the highest grade point average in the major. The recipients are Yasmeen Magharehabed, Glory Tomi John, Adelia Obioha, Olivia Mipro and Yasmeen Khan. 

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ENVA Students Present

ENVA students present at the Annual Professional Development Conference of the National Association of Biology Teachers in Atlanta, GA.

Health Professions Seminars

Mark your calendar and join us this fall by attending the Health Professions Seminar Series which starts October 7th, 2021. See the all of the dates and information here.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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