The faculty in the Department of Biology are dedicated to excellence in teaching and mentoring students in the biological sciences and related fields of study. Students in our program acquire a wealth of knowledge, practical experience, and analytical skills while reflecting on the ethical values that link science and society.

Our goal is to foster the development of the whole person with excellent instruction, guidance, and individual attention in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the field.

Undergraduate research is integrated throughout the curriculum to promote independent learning and enable students to develop their talents in observation, experimental design, data analysis, and problem solving. Investigative projects are key components of many of our courses, and students have ample opportunities to collaborate with the biology faculty in faculty research programs.

The Department of Biology offers two bachelor's degree programs. The BS in biology provides students with a comprehensive background in the biological sciences, along with extensive supporting coursework in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The BA in biology provides more flexibility to allow students to combine their study of biology with additional coursework in other disciplines, such as psychology, business, education, theology, social sciences, communication, and more.

The Department of Biology also participates in offering an interdisciplinary BS degree in environmental science with a concentration in biology.

The Department of Biology plays an integral role in the neuroscience minor offered in conjunction with the Department of Psychological Sciences, and other academic departments across the University. The Department offers several courses that are part of the minor including anatomy, physiology, neurobiology, and animal behavior. For more information about this minor, please visit the neuroscience minor web page.


Tara Prestholdt
Chair, Biology Department