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The Department of Biological Sciences provide a broad range of courses and other learning opportunities designed to prepare students for a diverse array of careers. Class size in advanced courses is usually small and offers individual attention. In the laboratories, students gain hands-on experience with biological techniques and instrumentation used by biologists world-wide.

Faculty and students actively engage in a wide range of research areas including ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, and virology.  All faculty involved in research serve as research mentors for motivated undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in participating in the process of scientific discovery.

Off campus opportunities have been increasing in the field related disciplines.  These include: development of a Biological Field Station at Timberlake Ranch in Mills county, research on plants and animals and their associated ecosystems, and study abroad opportunities to study non-indigenous ecosystems.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Chris Higgins

View video of Dr. Higgins discussing his experience as a professor of biology.

Dr. Chris Higgins