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Confocal microscope image of cellThe Department of Biology is committed to excellence in research and teaching in the integrative life sciences, from molecules to ecosystems. Our goal is the development of well-trained biologists and scientifically literate citizens. The Faculty of teacher-scholars does innovative research and collaborates with undergraduate and graduate students to foster critical thinking, professional skills, and intellectual independence. These goals are met, in part, by actively promoting opportunities for students to conduct original research that advances science. The Faculty values diversity, collegiality, and the pursuit of academic connections across disciplines. We place a priority on being accessible to students and colleagues. The Department strives to create an inclusive and nurturing environment for student and faculty development that encourages outreach and participation in the College, local, and professional communities. - Biology Department Mission Statement, 2016

The Department offers a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science degree. The Department is run by 32 faculty members, supported by 9 staff, in addition to 19 graduate students and hundreds of undergraduates. Each semester the Biology Department Seminar Series brings local and visiting scholars to talk about the latest research on a variety of biological topics.