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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.


Biology, the study of life, is composed 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 programs »


A central focus of the Department of Biological Sciences is to engage 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 our research »

Faculty Success

Living Art - Dr. Hunter Cole Turns Petri Dishes Into Paintings Using Bioluminescent Bacteria - "GLOW" at the Zeitgeist Theatre on October 10, 2019

Dr. Hunter Cole will present her art at GLOW: An Illuminated Living Art Experience at the Zeitgeist Theatre on October 10, 2019 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. It will be a live, glowing, one-of-a-kind art experience! Walk into the darkened theatre illuminated by her never-before-seen art created with actual, living bioluminescent bacteria and interact with dancers glowing with bioluminescent bacteria. To read the article published for this event, click here

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Student Success

Biology seniors win awards at the CAS Honors Convocation 2019

Four Biology seniors receive awards at the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation on May 10, 2019. The Ruth and Lee Faust Award: Kyle Cleveland, Monica Nguyen and Arden LaGrone. The Reverend John H. Mullahy, S.J., Award: Arden LaGrone. The St. Joseph Pignatelli, S.J., Award: Joshua Quintana. 

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Coastal Restoration Event

Dr. Don Hauber participated in a coastal restoration event, June 14, 2019, sponsored by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL). His group of volunteers planted some 5,000 Spartina alterniflora plants in a restored marsh near Bayou Bonfouca west of Slidell.

Late Nights at Loyola

On September 23rd, Late Nights at Loyola hosted their first event with the students from Anna’s Place. Using the theme “Green”, the students learned the differences in leaves by looking at examples of angiosperms, gymnosperms, fronds, grasses, and conifer leaves with a microscope. They also learned about the components of soil, and how the different layers affect the growth of plants.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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