Department of Biology

Department of Biology

Biological Sciences Department


The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to provide an excellent educational preparation in the pre-professional areas of study for students interested in medicine, dentistry and other allied health professions, or graduate study in biomedical sciences. The Department also prepares students for careers as Environmental Scientists and secondary school biology teachers. By providing a nurturing environment, the Department of Biological Sciences strives to help students reach their full potential and academic goals.

Degree Program and Requirements:

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology is awarded to students who complete the outlined program of study and meet the requirements of the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. The department offers two areas of concentration, General Biology and Environmental Science

The department offers two areas of concentration, General Biology and Environmental Science. The General Biology option provides pre-professional training for students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health professions or other graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences. The Environmental Science option prepares students for careers in monitoring, protection and conservation of the environment or graduate studies in environmental biology and environmental science areas.  

A total of 120 semester hours of course work is required to complete the requirements for each concentration area. This includes 15 semester hrs. of courses specific to the general biology, and 16 semester hours of biology courses specific to the environmental science concentration areas. Students who minor in biology are required to take a total of 18 credit hours. Courses needed to complete a minor in biology are BIOL 302, 304, 305, and 6 hrs. of biology electives at 200-level or above.

Contact Information:

Campus Box 4211
Carver Hall, Room 138
Phone: (318) 274-2446/3739
Fax: (318) 274-3741

Department Head:

Dr. Dagne Hill, Interim Department Head, Associate ProfessorDr. Dagne Hill
Interim Department Head, Associate Professor
Phone: (318) 274-3739/2446