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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

UC research institute hosts first annual festival of sensing

May 13, 2022

UC’s Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) hosts its first annual Expo & Festival of Sensing next month to convene an interdisciplinary conference exploring the topic of sensing in all its forms, from the sciences to the humanities.   The event will be held on May 25 and 26 in Tangeman University Center, 2600 Clifton Ave., and is open to faculty, staff, students and the public.   The conference brings together representatives from across disciplines—from engineering, biology, ethics, the humanities, performing arts and more—to explore sensing through a variety of lenses, says IRiS director and associate professor of biology Nathan Morehouse.   “We hope the IRiS event raises awareness of the amazing breadth of work happing on sensing at UC, while at the same time stimulating new conversations between the sciences, engineering, the arts and humanities,” he said.  

UC leads demonstration project to improve Ohio streams

May 4, 2022

Biologists at the University of Cincinnati are studying low-cost ways to improve water quality and wildlife habitat in Greater Cincinnati’s creeks. UC biologists Stephen Matter and Michael Booth are examining whether water quality and wildlife habitat can be improved simply by adding logs and branches in select parts of the upper Cooper Creek. The addition of fallen timber could help slow periodic floodwaters, create more standing pools for fish during droughts and add nutrients for plants and fungus that support other aquatic life, researchers said.

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