The academic endeavors of the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Biological Sciences cover a broad spectrum of biology, from molecules and cells to tissues and organisms to populations and ecosystems. Award-winning faculty and graduate students teach and carry out research in Biochemistry, Structural Biology and Biophysics, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Developmental Biology, and Neurobiology. Undergraduate students have three majors to choose from: molecular and cell biology (MCB), ecology, evolution, and organismal biology (EEOB), and the non-differntiated biological sciences (BioSci) major. More than 60 undergraduates each year participate in independent research projects, leading to a number of publications with undergraduate co-authors.
While in the College of Arts and Science, the physical location of the Department is at the interface of the Medical Center and the undergraduate campus, with labs located in the Biological Sciences/Medical Research Building III and the adjoining and integrated Molecular Biology Stevenson Center and the Learned Lab. The location is a manifestation of many collaborative research endeavors, shared resources and core facilities, and participation in a number of centers and trans-institutional programs including the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) for first year graduate students.