Welcome to the Department 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.
Our faculty are committed to using innovative practices in teaching to improve student learning of content and practical skills in the biological sciences. Authentic student research experiences expand opportunities for student success across gender, ethnicity and disciplines. Students are given choices in their learning, allowing for their creativity to thrive as faculty introduce critical thinking skills at all levels. By promoting undergraduate research and scholarly productivity through student engagement across multiple disciplines, we hope to foster students that can create biology-based approaches to tackle complex societal challenges.
Dr. Khrys Duddleston
Professor and Director of Biological Sciences