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McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Biological Science

Department of Biological Science

 As the only life science department on the UC West Campus, the Department of Biological Sciences is dedicated to achieving excellence in graduate training and undergraduate instruction. UC is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a research intensive institution, and, accordingly, we offer the disciplinary breadth necessary for undergraduate education and the disciplinary specialization necessary for comprehensive graduate education and training. Graduate students pursue both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. 


      Our faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research to further our understanding of the natural world and seek applications in fields spanning all of biology, from molecular and cell to animal behavior and conservation. Our emerging research strengths are organized into two research foci: Sensory Biology, Behavior and Evolution (SBBE) and Environmental Change and Biological Resilience (ECBR)


      Our undergraduate curriculum provides a rigorous introduction to biology for students from many programs, and our upper level curriculum offers advanced training and specialization through course work and formative research experiences. Undergraduates pursue B.S. and B.A. degrees, and we also offer a new 4+1 program that enables students to earn a BS and a non-research MS degree in 5 years.

Announcements & News

[10/22/14] Congratulations to graduate students Jinyoung Choi and Rachel Gilbert, who were awarded Sigma Xi Research Grants in 2014!

[10/8/14] Biology professors are on the cutting edge of education reform. See this News Record article on innovative teaching to improve student learning at UC.

[10/25/13] Ph.D. Student Bethany Stahl wins Sigma Xi award. Read more.

[10/15/12] UC biology student Jill Bader in the news. Read more

[9/6/12] UC biology research on DNA featured in National Research Council report, “Research Universities and the Future of America”. Read more.