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Biological Sciences Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General)

Department of Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300

Derek Daniels

Lara Hutson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Why study Biological Sciences Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

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 and outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.

Learning Outcomes

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 Learning Environment

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 and 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.

About Our Facilities

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.

About Our Faculty

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 Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Sensory Transduction, Genetics, Epigenetics, Neuroscience, Development, Molecular Evolution, Genomics, and Ecology. 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.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biological Sciences Faculty website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

A minor in Biological Sciences can provide a foundation for 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 – as well as research careers in fields as diverse as ecology, evolution, neuroscience, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, and epidemiology. Research careers are prominent at colleges, universities, government agencies (e.g. EPA, CDC, and NIH), pharmaceutical companies, and the biotech industry. The diversity of courses in Biological Sciences also provides a solid foundation for teaching at the secondary, community college, or university levels, as well as for science-focused careers in law, journalism, public policy, and the non-profit sector.

Academic Advising

The departmental undergraduate advisors are available for consultative management of student program planning by appointment.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Advisors are assigned to students based on last name.

CAS Advising Team

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:37