Biological Sciences

Interim Dean G. Steven MartinThe Division of Biological Sciences encompasses a breadth of disciplines spanning all levels of organization and encompassing diverse organisms. With about 112 full-time faculty in two departments, the division offers a variety of programs that allow students to prepare for future careers in professional fields such as health sciences, veterinary medicine, biotechnology, environmental science, and academia. Undergraduate majors are encouraged to gain experience through independent research studies by working closely with faculty in cutting-edge research using advanced technology. 

Dean Martin and Staff

Prospective and Continuing Graduate Students

Meet Audrey Knowlton, the Biological Sciences graduate diversity coordinator. She welcomes the opportunity to hear from you regarding your academic and career endeavors.

Programs in Biological Sciences

To learn more about various biological programs and research projects in the College, visit the links below or click on each image to visit the Biological Image Galleries and learn more about projects in each department.

The Department of Integrative Biology (I. B.) emphasizes organismal, ecological and evolutionary biology with a broad comparative approach, including both plants and animals. Faculty members are also associated with three major research museums (Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Museum of Paleontology and Herbaria), and several field research stations facilitate studies of behavior and marine, fresh water and terrestrial ecology. Students have access to all of these outstanding research facilities and collections.

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) focuses on lower levels of organization with the divisions of genetics, genomics and development; neurobiology; cell and developmental biology; biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology; and immunology and pathogenesis. Faculty members are also affiliated with independent research centers in neuroscience, cancer research, genomics, and aging. 

A separate Physical Education Program (PEP) provides a wide range of physical activity classes as well as various lecture/laboratory courses. The activity offerings are designed to provide sequential instruction in classes such as aquatics, martial arts, dance, fitness and sports. The Scientific Diving Program, which is included in PEP, may be used in undergraduate and graduate studies in biology and other disciplines.

Academic Departments

Integrative Biology

Chair John Huelsenbeck

Vice Chair Robert Dudley 

Molecular and Cell Biology

Co-Chair Richard Harland

Co-Chair David Raulet

Head Eva Nogales 
Head Rebecca Heald
Head Douglas Koshland
Head Greg Barton 
Head Marla Feller
Physical Education Program Interim Director Susanna Li-Jue 

In addition, the College of Letters & Science offers an interdisciplinary Public Health major in cooperation with the School of Public Health. The College also offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary undergraduate major and minor programs through Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Service Units

Related Research Units & Museums

*Reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research



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