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Annual Biology Events and Student Journal

Annual Trick to the Treat of Research and Internships
Come and learn about the research and internship experience from your fellow NSU Biology Students 

Annual Pre-Health Day
Come and hear from professionals in health-related fields. Many of our presenters were biology students here at NSU. You can also register for a mock professional/graduate school style interview 

Ocean Science Research Symposium
An opportunity to showcase your research and hear from graduate students and researchers in the College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

Undergraduate Symposium
A Research Symposium where undergraduate students present their work in a variety of fields

TEDxNSU – Talks by Faculty and Students
TEDxNSU occurs every winter semester

Undergraduate Student Journal
Submit your paper to our very own journal designed to showcase undergraduate research


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. The masters in biological sciences has three paths of study: A 12-month concentration in Health Studies, and 2-year paths of study that involve either a capstone or thesis project. 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. 

Featured DoBS graduate,Valentina Ramirez
 Featured DoBS graduate, Valentina Ramirez


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.


 Click below to learn more about our programs



Health Sciences

Health Sciences


Comp. Mol. Biology


Student Internship

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 three paths of study: A 12-month concentration in Health Studies, and 2-year paths of study that involve either a capstone or thesis project.

To learn more, click on the link below.

Master's in Biological Sciences

Of great interest to many biology majors at the College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography is participating in hands-on original research. Under the supervision of a working research scientist, our students have the opportunity to earn credit toward their degree by doing cutting-edge research in the fields of biology, genetics, cell biology, endocrinology, ecology, chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics. Research questions currently under investigation by faculty members include: the effects of protein buildup on contact lenses, Florida panther genetics, shark population genetics, Gulf Stream ecology, bioinformatics, brain structure and function, and fish reproductive cycles.

In addition to original research, NSU biology students are offered opportunities to shadow physicians and nurses in local hospitals.

The Clinic Exploration Program (CEP) offers students the opportunity to shadow medical professionals on the job in many of NSU’s medical and health clinics. Program participants gain a broad perspective that shows how various medical fields work together and a practical, up-close review of several medical career options.

All undergraduate students may take part in CEP, no matter what major they pursue. Each rotation lasts two hours per week, for three weeks. Because this is a volunteer program, member commitments are flexible and voluntary.

Who Can Participate

Any NSU undergraduate student in good standing who wants to participate in CEP must:

  • have a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • be registered for classes
  • complete OSHA and HIPAA trainings
  • be curious about various health professions
  • conform to scheduled assignments, dress codes, and other professional responsibilities

How to Enroll

  • complete the Clinic Exploration Program Application
  • schedule and complete OSHA blood-borne pathogen safety training
  • take HIPAA Privacy and Security training
  • turn in completed application to program coordinator in Parker building, suite 367

Students are offered the opportunity to participate in CEP each semester. Registration for the program is open during the previous semester.

Participating Clinics

  • Athletic Training
  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • Internal Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Sport Medicine

Nova Southeastern University provides foundational study in core and emerging disciplines and technologies to prepare students for graduate and professional study, career development, and responsible citizenship.  While producing highly educated graduates, undergraduate students will benefit from the basic science/clinical researchers and research opportunities exhibited by medical centers listed below. The internship allows for intercampus and institutional interaction in scientific research disciplines whereby young scientists gain exposure, direction and guidance during their developing career paths. 

Who Can Participate:

  • Participants will be limited to undergraduate students with the rank of JUNIOR or SENIOR in the semester following the summer internship.
  • Candidates must submit a completed application with 3 letters of reference (two science and one non-science reference), have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall) and 3.0 (basic sciences). 
  • The student must have satisfactorily completed Organic Chemistry and one other upper level biology course (Microbiology or Cell and Molecular Biology).
  • A transcript of grades or the CAPP report equivalent for all applicants shall be required.
  • Strong emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s personal statement and desire to seek a career as a basic science/clinical researcher AND explore another culture. 

Participating Centers: This unique collaboration and joint project between the Halmos college of Natural Sciences and Oceanography at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and:

  • Spain
  • Medical University of Graz, Austria
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas
  • Harvard Medical School/Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

How to Enroll

  • Complete the Internship Program Application
  • Turn in completed application to program coordinator indicated on applications

Students are offered the opportunity to participate in internship programs every summer. Registration for the program is open during the prior fall semester.

Featured Department of Biological Sciences Alumni

Noemi Bermudez by Noemi Bermudez
Noemi Bermudez

NSU provided me with amazing opportunities to grow as a student and future physician. The Biology program had professors who challenged me in positive ways and a variety of courses to choose from. Professors like Dr. Jaffe and Dr. Loomis provided mentorship along with internship, research, and community service opportunities that prepared me to pursue a career in medicine. When it was time to apply for medical school, it was easy to obtain letters of recommendation from professors who knew me well. The Razor's Edge Leadership Program, Honors Program, President's 64, and extra-curricular activities were also great parts of my experience at NSU. I advise current students to work hard, develop healthy relationships, create healthy habits that promote mental and physical well-being, and have fun!

Jennifer MarreroJennifer Marrero by Jennifer Marrero

Nova Southeastern University pushed me to new limits and helped to define who I am today. The education I received from NSU is memorable and defines life-long learning. If it wasn't for attending NSU, I wouldn't be as effective in my day to day activities.

Sunil Patel by Sunil H. Patel
Sunil Patel

NSU's Biology Program served as a gateway to my career in Osteopathic Medicine and medical profession. It challenged me in various aspects, particularly academically, allowing me to be prepared for rigorous curriculum for medical school ahead. I felt prepared for the first year of medical school. I was also nominated and a recipient of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which opened many opportunities when applying to medical school and as well residency programs. What impressed me most was the proximity and closeness of relationship I developed with faculty and other students, creating a life long friendship.

Austin Price by Austin Lawrence Price
Austin Price

Nova did a spectacular job of preparing me for the rigors of medical school. I currently attend Nova’s DO school. I am thoroughly pleased with my undergraduate education at NSU. The friendships I developed and education I received were top notch. The faculty includes some of the most caring individuals I have ever met in my life. I am eternally thankful to various teachers including Dr. Jaffe, Dr. Roopnarine, Dr. Schmitt, Dr. Smith, and many, many more for their outstanding level of teaching and the standards that they held me to in this integral stage of my learning and self development.

Veronica Akle by Veronica Akle
Veronica Akle

The biology program at NSU provided me with the foundations to continue with graduate school in the life sciences. What I like the best was the accessibility of the professors. Many of them gave me opportunities to spend summers or entire semesters in their labs learning about the research they did. However, my most valuable experience was meeting outstanding women in science and education that were were important role models to follow. Having someone to look up to is very important, and having the opportunity to see those hard working women having successful careers, beautiful families and prosperous futures was inspiring. My professors at NSU changed my life.

Shannon Aldridge by Shannon Aldridge
Shannon Aldridge

NSU was definitely the best life decision I've made thus far. The small class sizes allowed me to connect with professors in order to thoroughly understand the material as well as expand my professional development. Each new class make connections to previous ones, and the professors made it fun to learn by giving us hands on experiences in laboratories as well as in the field. The travel study programs available were my favorite part of the curriculum, I participated in as many as I could. My plans for the next five years are to continue working at OdySea in order to utilize the funded research to obtain my Masters Degree.

Please visit our Alumni Connections Page to learn more about our graduates

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