Biological Sciences

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 three research foci: Sensory Biology & Behavior (SBB)Ecology, Evolution & Conservation (EEC); and Molecular Biology, Genetics, & Physiology (MBGP)

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 BS and BA 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.

Mailing address:
  Department of Biological Sciences
  University of Cincinnati
  PO Box 210006
  Cincinnati, OH 45221-0006

Departmental office:
  614 Rieveschl Hall
  Phone: (513) 556-9700
  Fax: (513) 556-5299


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UC College of Arts and Sciences professor Ron Canterbury tells the Indianapolis Star that simple steps can prevent birds from strike windows around your home or business. Yahoo! News shares the story.


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The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to creating an environment where all members of our community can thrive and pursue the highest caliber of scientific research and education. We continually strive to create a culture that actively recruits and supports people of all races, gender-identities, national origins, ethnicities, religions, citizenships, ages, sexual orientations, ability statuses, physical appearances, socioeconomic statuses, and other identities and backgrounds. To do so, we work individually and as a group to create an inclusive atmosphere that is free of bias, discrimination, and bigotry, an environment that promotes anti-racist thinking and actions, where all members are comfortable with speaking out and are dedicated to self-improvement, including learning from each other and the broader community. We believe that through respecting and valuing our differences, we arrive at the richest form of society and are capable of our best work.