Department of Biology

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Study the world around you

Our undergraduate programs introduce you to the key fields of biology and offer you the opportunity to design your own program of study.

Undergraduate studies
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Graduate studies

Graduate student Chloe Christensen (left) is investigating the use of gene editing as a therapeutic option for patients with rare genetic diseases.

Graduate studies
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Get your hands dirty

Whether mushroom hunting in our campus forests, exploring the coastline or working in the lab, you'll gain a hands-on research experience with us.

Programs and courses
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Careers in biology

Learn how to conduct research, work in the lab and in the field, and gain the scientific communication skills that will set you up for success.

Career possibilities
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Vital research with a passion

Marine conservation, genetic disease, species extinction, maintaining healthy forests and addiction are just a few of the challenges our researchers are facing head on.

Our research

With sorrow

The Department of Biology is profoundly saddened by the loss of two of our students and the injury of others in a terrible bus accident on September 13, 2019. Our thoughts are with the students’ families and loved ones, to whom we offer our most sincere condolences. We also think of their roommates, friends and classmates who will be affected by this tragedy. No words can express our deep regret and sorrow.