Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

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Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences has a focused commitment to student education in synergy with internationally recognized research programs. We strive to be on the cutting edge of the successful integration of teaching and research in a broad diversity of biological disciplines.

Through teaching, research and mentoring we provide a learning environment that transforms students into well-informed citizens and prepares them for a broad range of career paths. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality educational experience for all students. We continue to expand our research capabilities while retaining a strong focus on student participation in research and development of partnerships within and outside of the university.

Our students pursue careers as biologists in the public and private sectors, or graduate studies in biology, medicine, dentistry or medically oriented fields, including optometry, pharmacy, podiatry or veterinary science. Our alumni include teachers, basic and applied research scientists, environmental biologists, doctors, geneticists, conservation biologists, wildlife biologists, foresters, fisheries scientists, pollution control agents, and marine biologists, just to name a few.

We offer the following programs:

In addition, the department participates in the Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (MB3) and Environmental Science and Studies programs.







Department of Biological Sciences
Smith Hall, Room 341 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3042
Fax: 410-704-2405



Drs. Masters, Alkharouf and Hearn awarded funding for next-generation DNA sequencing equipment from NSF.

Dr. Petra Tsuji named Fisher Endowed Chair.



Felicia Napolillo and Rachel Hebert, both working with Dr. Johnson, tied for first place in the Best Undergraduate Student Presentation competition and were both given awards at the Wilson Ornithological Society meeting. Pictured here with Drs. Peter and Rosemary Grant.





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