Sep 22, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

Biological Sciences

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Dr. Elizabeth Emmert, Chair

Dr. Eric Liebgold, Applied Biology Graduate Program Director


Department Faculty and Staff

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The Department of Biological Sciences offers degrees in the biological sciences and, through cooperation with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a program leading to dual degrees in biology and environmental science. The department’s mission is threefold:

  1. Assist students majoring in biology and associated health disciplines and environmental science prepare for advanced degree work or postgraduate employment.
  2. Assist students not majoring in science develop an appreciation and fundamental knowledge of the principles governing life.
  3. Nourish in all students the ability to apply the scientific process and to think critically about contemporary problems in the biological sciences.

The department shares the University’s commitment to developing in students the fundamental communication skills that characterize educated persons and the technical knowledge and skills that will allow them to become outstanding professional biologists.

The biology major includes a required core, which introduces students to the basic concepts of modern biology. The core will allow students to prepare for careers as professional biologists in many prominent subdisciplines. The environmental/marine science dual degree program is an applied program leading to graduate school or employment in these areas. A program leading to secondary teacher education certification is also available.

The Department of Biological Sciences operates under the guidelines “Resolutions on the Use of Animals in Research, Testing and Education” as adopted in 1990 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


    Bachelor of ScienceDual DegreeMaster of ScienceUndergraduate Minors

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