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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.

Academics

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 »

Research

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

Dr. Kim Mix presented at the 28th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology in July 2020.

Dr. Kim Mix presented at the 28th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology in July 2020.  The presentation focused on the impact of applying bioinformatics methods to investigate SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences in molecular genetics class.  Students learned how to evaluate mutation fitness and virus phylogeny in collaboration with scientists from Pine Biotech.  This model for integrating bioinformatics into a molecular biology course was successfully reproduced by Dr. Laurie Minns at the University of Montana in an online summer course.


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Showcase

Coastal Restoration Event

Dr. Don Hauber participated in a coastal restoration event on February 29, 2020, sponsored by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL). His group of volunteers Spread oyster shells in Buras, Louisiana to build up oyster reefs along the coast.

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.

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