Technological innovations are revolutionizing the way we study biology and, here at UAA's Department of Biological Sciences, we are pushing the frontiers of knowledge in an integrated approach to biological research. Integrated knowledge permits a more complete understanding of biological systems that include humans and their activities.In the Circumpolar North, biology-based approaches to complex societal problems are critical and necessary.Learn More about UAA Biological Sciences
Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences is currently home to 20 tenure-track faculty members and a strong cohort of term, adjunct and affiliate faculty members. Our faculty has diverse research programs and strengths in ecology, evolutionary biology, cell and developmental biology, physiological ecology of plants and animals, genetics, and molecular biology. The research of many departmental faculty members is directed at questions related to life in the north, including physiological adaptations to cold, dark, and extreme environments, and the complex dynamics of ecosystem processes. Biomedical research is an important strength, and many of the faculty participate in the NIH funded INBRE program.
Our department is not just for researchers. We play a critical role in the education of life science and health majors from across the campus, and the department provides B.A., B.S., and honors program options for over 700 student majors. A productive graduate program includes over 30 M.S. and Ph.D. 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. Faculty and students participate in field research in the polar regions and beyond.
BioSci Interview Series
The Department of Biological Sciences and the University of Alaska Anchorage produce tomorrow's most innovative scientists and would like to introduce you to their successes upon graduation. Please join us in recognizing these outstanding individuals as we learn about their unique paths to professional life and their time spent at UAA.Learn More about the BioSci Alumni Interview Series
Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage is proud to host a NSF funded summer research program for undergraduates.Learn more about the REU Summer Research Program
Marine Biology student Amelia Johnson participated in the Semester by the Bay program at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, AK. Her experience lead her to an opportunity to attend the 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in San Francisco, CA.Read more about Amelia Johnson's Experience