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StudentsWhen you understand biology, you begin to understand the extraordinary nature of the world, down to its most basic organisms. Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, identification and taxonomy. Modern biology is a vast and eclectic field, composed of many branches and subdisciplines. Our department gives students the opportunity to learn the skills that will lead to tomorrow’s discoveries. Through in-depth instruction, hands-on research and independent projects conducted with award winning faculty, biology students learn to question, experiment, and innovate. Graduates from our department have applied these skills in careers and graduate programs in healthcare, medical school, pharmacy and more. Our alumni have gone on to work as physicians in the United States and internationally, start non-profits and conduct research in a variety of industries.

Undergraduate Areas of Emphasis


Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. The scope of neuroscience has broadened to include different approaches used to study the molecular, cellular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational and medical aspects of the nervous system. The techniques used by neuroscientists have also expanded enormously, from molecular and cellular studies of individual nerve cells to imaging of sensory and motor tasks in the brain. 


Genomics is an area within genetics that concerns the sequencing and analysis of an organism's genome. The genome is the entire DNA content that is present within one cell of an organism. Experts in genomics strive to determine complete DNA sequences and perform genetic mapping to help understand disease.

Ecology and Environmental Biology

Ecology and environmental biology is the scientific analysis and study of interactions among organisms and their environment. This area of emphasis includes the study of interactions organisms have with each other, other organisms and with abiotic components of their environment. Topics of interest include the diversity, distribution, amount (biomass) and number (population) of particular organisms, as well as cooperation and competition between organisms, both within and among ecosystems.