Welcome, to the Department of Biological Sciences!
We are the main conduit connecting UC's students to research and careers in life sciences. Our department rests on four pillars: research, graduate training, undergraduate education and community engagement. Our goal is to achieve excellence in each of these essential areas.
Our faculty conduct first class research that is supported by a broad portfolio of grants from federal and private research foundations. Our research spans the breadth of biology, with emergent focal research groups in Sensory Biology, Behavior and Evolution, and in Environmental Change and Biological Resilience. Our research features collaborations with international researchers and those on UC's east Medical Campus, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, the EPA research facility that lies between east and west campus, the nearby Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and other regional and national research organizations. The Cincinnati Center for Field Studies, located 30 min west of campus, is playing an increasingly important role in our research and instruction.
The biology major is growing rapidly, with the expansion of biology related careers. In our classrooms, we have increasingly moved toward active learning techniques. To me this simply means having students learn by doing, and problem solving, even during large lecture classes. We are continually updating and improving our courses to provide a firm foundation for careers in biological research, health professions and related professions. Hands on experience carries into our rapidly growing undergraduate research program, where students can work in the labs of our faculty or others, including those at the Medical school and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Our students learn firsthand how research is done. They experience the lab environment and see career struggles, challenges and rewards. They see firsthand how research unfolds...with considerable uncertainty and numerous surprises. These experiences can't be conveyed from a textbook.