The Department of Biological Sciences is a center for innovative, interdisciplinary life sciences research and teaching. Our faculty research interests span all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems. This cross-disciplinary approach to life sciences, performed within a collegial, interactive atmosphere enables new discoveries that impact every major field of biological sciences. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise, outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.
Students qualify for the Bachelor of Arts degree by successfully completing at least 33 credits of biology-related coursework plus 38 credits in chemistry, physics and mathematics. The curriculum for the BA program includes required core courses, as well as elective laboratory and lecture courses. It is designed to provide a broad-based education in the biological sciences.
Students will develop a broad background in the biological sciences and achieve an understanding and appreciation of basic biological concepts and principles. They will become proficient in five broad areas of biology: evolutionary biology, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry and genetics.
The research and academic programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are inextricably intertwined. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise, outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.
The curriculum of our undergraduate program emphasizes learning by doing. Our instructional philosophy of “lead with the lab” allows students at every level to develop critical thinking skills while providing broad, deep and state-of-the-art training in all life science disciplines.
The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls on UB’s North Campus. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies. Undergraduate laboratory courses are held in 10 teaching laboratories housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls.
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo is committed to conducting innovative research and providing outstanding instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department includes both distinguished faculty and upcoming, cutting-edge researchers who teach and conduct research in life sciences in interdisciplinary fields, including Biochemistry of Gene Expression, Molecular Evolution and Genomics, Sensory Transduction and Development. The breadth of expertise among the faculty and the depth of their dedication fosters an atmosphere of discovery. We have a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, as evidenced by the number of department faculty who have won awards for teaching excellence. All courses are taught by full-time faculty; no TAs or adjunct faculty contribute to departmental instruction. Approximately 40 graduate student TAs assist with undergraduate laboratories each semester.
Please visit the Biological Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.
A degree in Biological Sciences is the gateway to a wide variety of careers. The curriculum is ideal preparation for entry into the health industry, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, medical technical fields, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. A Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences is also the first step towards a research career in fields as diverse as ecology, evolution, neuroscience, cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. Research careers are prominent at colleges and universities, as well as government agencies (such as the EPA, the CDC, NIH) and pharmaceutical companies. The diversity of courses in Biological Sciences provides solid background for teaching at the secondary school, community college or university levels. The skills gained from laboratory courses are applicable to technical positions in laboratories in government, industry and academia. More intensive and valuable skills can also be gained through advanced research with individual faculty.
The departmental undergraduate advisors are available for consultative management of student program planning by appointment and on a drop-in basis.
Each accepted student is also assigned a faculty advisor within the department at the time of acceptance. The advisor should be consulted concerning program requirements and the selection of courses to meet those requirements.
The department presents five scholarships to matriculated majors:
- The Knobloch Endowment Scholarship
- The McCroskey Endowment Scholarship
- Darryl Raszl Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- The Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- The Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Award criteria include both academic achievement and financial need.
Students in this program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including: