Dean Michael R. Botchan
The 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 and Staff
Dean: Michael R. Botchan
Senior Associate Dean: Richard M. Harland
Associate Dean for Strategic Planning: Edward E. Penhoet
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Gian Garriga
Associate Dean: Daniela Kaufer
Director of Academic Administration: Hanna Knight
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration: Heidi Wagner
Assistant Dean of Development, Development and College Relations: Kirsten Swan
Graduate Diversity Outreach Coordinator: Audrey Knowlton
Interim Executive Assistant: Andrew Susskind
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STEM Excellence through Equity and Diversity
The STEM Excellence through Equity & Diversity (SEED) Scholars program provides a diverse, holistic network that prepares outstanding undergraduates to become change-makers, scholars, and leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and thereby increases the representation of historically marginalized individuals in academia and other STEM professions.
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 L&S, visit the links below.
The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) 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 (PhysEd) 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 PhysEd, may be used in undergraduate and graduate studies in biology and other disciplines.
In addition, the College of Letters & Science offers an interdisciplinary Public Health major in cooperation with the School of Public Health. L&S also offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary undergraduate major and minor programs through Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.
- MCB: Barker/Koshland DNA Sequencing Facility
- MCB: Barker/Koshland Shop Facility
- MCB: Barker/Koshland Storeroom
- MCB: LSA Storeroom
- MCB: Stanley Stockroom
Related Research Units and Museums
- Cancer Research Laboratory
- Innovative Genomics Initiative
- Electron Microscope Laboratory
- Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute*
- CIBER (Center for Integrative Biomechanics in Education and Research)
- Museum of Paleontology*
- Museum of Vertebrate Zoology*
- UC Botanical Garden*
- University and Jepson Herbaria*
- Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases
- California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences*
- Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative
*Reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research