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Biology

Professors: Ann L. Boyd, Drew Ferrier, Ricky Hirschhorn, Craig Laufer

Associate Professors: Michael Alavanja, Kathy Falkenstein (chair), Eric Kindahl, Jeffrey Rossio, Oney P. Smith, Thomas Tworkoski

Assistant Professors: Eric Annis, Susan Carney, Judith Pace-Templeton, Alison Roark

The Department of Biology offers two programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree and two programs leading to a Master of Science degree. A biology minor and an environmental science minor are also offered.

The undergraduate major in biology leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Biology majors also may earn secondary teaching certification.

The environmental science and policy major is an interdisciplinary major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, administered by the departments of biology; chemistry and physics; economics and management; and political science. Students who choose this major take a common core of environmental studies, natural sciences and social sciences courses, then concentrate in environmental biology, environmental chemistry or environmental policy. Each area of study is structured to meet the particular goals of that program. There is ample freedom in the course selection, however, to allow for programs tailored to individual needs. The Master of Science degree is offered in biomedical science and in environmental biology.

Facilities: The department is housed in the Hodson Science and Technology Center. All laboratory facilities are either completely new or newly renovated. Lecture and lab classrooms have the latest in multimedia classroom presentation hardware. Specially designed and equipped labs for molecular biology, microbiology, physiology and animal behavior are available for course work and student and faculty research. Additional facilities such as dark room, cold room, tissue culture lab, fluorescence microscopy and an environmental analysis lab are all available for teaching and faculty and student research. Students can conduct environmental analyses using high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, atomic absorption and other analytical instruments. A greenhouse, environmental chambers and aquatic laboratory are available to grow and study plants and animals. Other major instrumentation includes a scanning electron microscope, ultracentrifuge and automated DNA sequencer. Along with the new teaching labs and classrooms, specially designed laboratories for student and faculty research enhance the opportunities for students to join with the faculty in pursuing work from the biochemical to the ecological.

Programs Offered:

  • Biomedical Science (M.S.)
  • Environmental Biology (M.S.)
  • Biology Major (B.A.)
  • Environmental Science and Policy Major (B.A.)
  • Biology Minor
  • Coastal Studies Minor n Environmental Studies Minor