Department Chair: Dr. Dirk Vanderklein
The Department of Biology covers the spectrum of biological organization from the molecular world to the ecosystems all around us. The department offers degrees in Biology (undergraduate degree in biology and graduate degree in biology), Molecular Biology (undergraduate degree in molecular biology and graduate degree in molecular biology) and Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science or in Education for undergraduates and a concentration in Ecology and Evolution, Physiology, or Pedagogy for graduates. The campus community have access to condensed course options that fulfill general education requirements. Beyond the Department offerings, we maintain significant roles in the interdisciplinary, BS/MS in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences and PhD in Environmental Management. Externally, we participate with other institutions in articulated medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing, and optometry. In reflection of the larger mission of the University and the College, the Biology Department strives to foster the ability to critically examine information and discover new knowledge through rigorous scientific reasoning in budding life scientists. These generally imperative skills are then applied to serving the best interests of the region.