Department of Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Students

We are known for our commitment to provide undergraduate majors with maximum opportunities in faculty-directed field and lab research, ranging from molecular and cell-based studies to conservation, ecology, animal physiology and toxicology research.

Undergraduate Degrees

Dr. Briggs' students on field trip

Our master's program trains developing life scientitsts to discover new knowledge through rigorous scientific experimentation and critical reasoning. We also participate in a cooperative Ph.D. program through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Graduate Degrees

  • Biological Sciences Seminar Series

    Bortz Lab Photo

    Our Biological Sciences Seminar is back for Spring 2022!

    Check out the Seminar Seires page for more information about upcoming topics!
  • Published Straight Out of Class

    Dr. Brandon Briggs holding microbes modified using CRISPR.

    As part of their final project in BIOL A451: Microbial Biotechnology, UAA Biological Sciences students James Wilson, Sarah Gering, Jessica Pinard and Ryan Lucas worked under the mentorship of Dr. Brandon Briggs to investigate how genetically engineering microbial pathways and enzymes can lead to better bio-production of ethylene, isoprene and isobutene — gaseous alkenes that can be used to create industrial chemicals and polymers. Their findings were published in Biotechnology for Biofuels.

  • Faculty Spotlight

    COVID Wastewater Research Photo

    Researchers from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), in collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and the Alaska Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services, have developed an in-state capability to detect COVID-19 in wastewater in Alaska.

    Read more about their research

  • Nanopore Day Demo at UAA

    Oxford Nanopore's minION sequencing device.

    During Friday’s Nanopore Day, UAA Biological Sciences students Xiao Bai, Ralf Dagdag and Matthew Redlinger led demonstrations featuring Oxford Nanopore’s hand-held MinION sequencing device. Researchers, including students at UAA, have begun to perform deep sequencing in their laboratories with the MinION sequencing device.

    See Nanopore Day Demo Pictures


Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, CPSB 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Telephone: (907) 786-1298

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