Careers & Postgraduate Education

The five majors offered by the Department of Biological Sciences fulfill the basic science requirements for admission to medical, dental, and other health professional schools; secondary education programs; and public health and research graduate programs. Our Bachelor of Science degree provides a strong foundation for careers in which familiarity with biological topics is needed, including health care, industry, government, law, and education.

Commitment to Diversity

DIVERSITY IS AN ELEMENT OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE!

Novel insights, transformative ideas, and biological innovation all come from the interplay of individuals from varied disciplines and with differing perspectives.  In the Department of Biological Sciences we are committed to attracting, mentoring and promoting a diverse community of scholars in an environment conducive to excellence for students, postdocs and faculty from all backgrounds (race, religion, culture, national/geographic origin, physical ability, age, sexual orientation, and others).

Advising and Support

We have a departmental Advising Office with four biology advisors who work with both our majors and undeclared majors.  The advisors work to support and enrich the academic experience of students by helping with curricular decisions, as well as providing information and guidance on extracurricular options, career paths, and post-graduate plans.

Undergraduate

The department has an outstanding, internationally recognized faculty supported by excellent facilities for both teaching and research. It is housed in a complex that includes classrooms, a library, a computing lab, and research laboratories. In addition to stimulating and challenging course work, students also have unique opportunities to jump-start their careers by participating in cutting edge research projects under faculty guidance, serving as undergraduate teaching assistants, doing internships, and participating in student clubs.

Eric Griffin's Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Date

Apr 20 2016 - 8:30am

Location

A202 Langley Hall

Department of Biological Sciences
PhD Dissertation Defense

Eric A. Griffin

“The Greater Unseen: On the Identities, Distributions, and Impacts of Foliar Bacteria on Tropical Arboreal Species”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
8:30am
Langley Hall A202

Major Advisor:  Dr. Walter P. Carson

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Outreach

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PLE’s outreach program offers area schools the chance to get hands-on ecological experiences. Take a look at how we are doing it!

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Conferences

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Each fall, PLE shifts gears from classes and research to become a top-notch conference center. Come see how PLE can be the perfect lakeside destination for your conference or retreat

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Research

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PLE has a vibrant community of researchers that join us each year to take advantage of our excellent facilities as well as the diversity of natural habitats locally available.

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Field Courses

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PLE is offering a diverse line-up of undergraduate field courses during the summer of 2015. Come to the shores of Pymatuning to learn biology where it happens: In the field!

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Outreach

Pymatuning Description

PLE’s outreach program offers area schools the chance to get hands-on ecological experiences. Take a look at how we are doing it!

Pymlink

Conferences

Pymatuning Description

Each fall, PLE shifts gears from classes and research to become a top-notch conference center. Come see how PLE can be the perfect lakeside destination for your conference or retreat

Pymlink

Research

Pymatuning Description

PLE has a vibrant community of researchers that join us each year to take advantage of our excellent facilities as well as the diversity of natural habitats locally available.

Pymlink

Field Courses

Pymatuning Description

PLE is offering a diverse line-up of undergraduate field courses during the summer of 2017. Come to the shores of Pymatuning to learn biology where it happens: In the field!

Pymlink

Structural Biology

Research Short Description

The Structural Biology faculty visualize how protein and nucleic acid complexes assemble and catalyze biological processes
<p>The incredible diversity of life on this planet is made possible by proteins, all of which may be represented as linear heteropolymers of the same 20 amino acids, acting in specific catalytic and/or structural roles. The number of possible linear combinations of these amino acids in the average-sized protein chain exceeds the extimated number of atoms in the universe, and is thus fully compatible with the diversity of life. In the extreme, examples abound of single amino acid changes in a single protein in an organism which carry fatal consequences. Members of the Structural Biology Group in the Department of Biological Sciences, each working in their own system, seek to understand the details of both normal and mutant protein interactions, through a combination of techniques including X-ray crystallography, kinetic analysis, site-directed mutagenesis, and chemical sequence analysis.</p>

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Science Education

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Our Science Education faculty facilitate an understanding of modern biology in the classroom and through outreach programs
<p>Within the University's missions of research, teaching, and service, some of the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences devote themselves primarily to teaching. The Science Teaching faculty facilitate learning by exploring how students learn and by developing teaching strategies that address multiple learning styles. We bring diverse interests and varied experiences to classroom instruction and, through our enthusiasm, convey to our students the excitement inherent in the study of biology.</p>

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Plant Biology

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Plant Biology faculty study plant growth, microbial defense systems, and the interactions between plants and their environments
<p>The Plant Biology group of the Biological Sciences Department includes individuals working with all aspects of plant life, including symbioses with microorganisms, mating systems, effects of herbivory, and community intereactions.</p>

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