Integrated Learning

Integrated Learning

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.

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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.

  • Microbial Mayhem Movie Night

    Microbial Mayhem Movie NightGet into the Halloween spirit with “The Science of Science Fiction: Microbial Mayhem” movie night! This free public event features a screening of the classic 1945 film “House of Dracula” with introduction by film scholar Michael Lee (University of Oklahoma), commentary on the science facts and fictions in the film by microbiologist Mary Beth Leigh (University of Alaska Fairbanks), and an audience Q&A session. Snacks provided!

    Sponsored by the Alaska Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, the UAA Department of Biological Sciences, the In a Time of Change Program, and the UAF CITE Fellows Program.
    UAA ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 120
    Date: Friday, October 20
    Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Free Admission
    Snacks Provided

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Duricka and House
If you have questions about the Biological Sciences program, contact the Academic Advisors for the College of Arts and Sciences:
Deborah Duricka, Ph.D.
(907) 786-4710
David House
(907) 786-4378 
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Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, CPSB 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Telephone: (907) 786-1298

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