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The Dean, faculty, office of career development, advisors, and alumni present and assist with Mock Interviews at Pre-Health Day 2016

A Word from the Department Chair

Click the link above for a video welcome message from Department Chair and Professor, Dr. Emily Schmitt Lavin.

The Mission of the Department of Biological Sciences (DoBS) is to provide students with a strong foundation in biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, providing opportunities and connections for current students and graduates to achieve success in their careers.

Within the Biology Department, there are opportunities for study at both the undergraduate level (with a biology major) and at the graduate level (with a master's in biological sciences) and also a certificate in computational molecular biology. Students may become involved in various research projects including the fields of genomics and the study of the microbiome, which are the bacteria that make up other organisms, including ourselves.

In the Department of Biological Sciences, students have the opportunity to interact and study with faculty who excel in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarship. Every year, students participate in a wide variety of service and research opportunities under the direction of deparment faculty, including internships assisting surgeons with an organ transplant team at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, conducting research in a virology lab at Harvard University, and working alongside medical school students and practitioners as part of the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program held at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Students in our department are also able to connect with a growing network of alumni who are leaders in the various fields of medicine, science education, and biological research, among others.

The biology major, with a premedical emphasis, provides a strong curriculum in biology with significant study in the physical sciences. This major can provide the basis for graduate study in specialized fields of biology, for professional training in medical fields, and for teaching. Professional careers in the medical fields and in biology involve graduate study beyond the baccalaureate degree; therefore, both the core and the major have been designed to meet the admission requirements of many medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, allied health, and veterinary schools, and of schools for graduate study in the biological sciences. Dual admission and combined programs with the Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division are available for select, qualified students. Information on these programs can be obtained form the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

To learn more, click on the link below.

Biology Major

The master's in biological sciences has both an organismal and molecular biology track with a capstone review paper. There are possibilities of completing a research thesis option as well.

To learn more, click on the link below.

Master's in Biological Sciences

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