The Department of Biological Sciences is a diverse group of faculty and students focused on the study of living organisms across a wide variety of scales from the cellular and molecular to the landscape scales. In addition, students and faculty regularly collaborate with colleagues in other departments and institutions to foster truly interdisciplinary approaches both in the classroom and in the research setting. Research strengths of the department include: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Conservation Biology and Neuroscience and Behavior.
The mission of the department is three-fold:
- To provide high-quality instruction in Biology for undergraduate and graduate students
- To conduct research of national and international significance in the field of Biology
- To provide professional leadership to the national and international scientific communities
The department is proud of the education we provide students in our courses at all levels and the research experiences they gain in the laboratory and field. Our students are among the most competitive when they graduate and go on to succeed in their chosen field upon completion of their undergraduate or graduate work at the University.
UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE DEGREES
Interested in a Biology Undergraduate degree? See our Undergraduate Programs!
Interested in a Biology Graduate degree? See our Graduate Programs!
We offer three undergraduate majors (biology, microbiology and neuroscience), three specializations (Ecology and Conservation Biology; Marine and Aquatic Biology; Forensic Biology) and master's and doctoral degree work in the three areas of focus as well as in related areas.
Latest News in Bio
Scholarship Award Winner: Justin Burdine
Congratulations to our biology PhD gradute student Justin Burdine!! Justin was selected as a recipient of a $6,000 Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship from Annie's Inc.
Cari Anne Ritzenthaler conducted her Master's research in Hawaii. Cari spent 3 months living in a tropical paradise... Read more
Dr. Kevin McCluney's interview on WBGU-TV's The Journal discussing his research as it related to the water quality in Lake Erie.
Payel Chatterjee, Richard Budnik and Jennifer Shimola
The 2016 Larry and Linda Oman Graduate Scholarship Recipients
The Oman Graduate Scholarship supports advanced graduate students in the study of ecology/environmental biology. To be eligible, the recipient must be an outstanding student, as demonstrated by his/her scholarly pursuits and research. The scholarship is designed to provide funds for dissertation research and/or travel costs associated with the student’s research. The three recipients each received $1,500.00 to advance the quality of his/her research. Congratulations Payel, Richard & Jennifer!!
For making important contributions to the field of environmental microbiology that have helped position Bowling Green State University as a leader in this discipline in Great Lakes research, Dr. George Bullerjahn, Department of Biological Sciences, was named a Professor of Research Excellence!
Read Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study/Harvard University's interview with Dr. Robert Huber, BGSU Professor and current Helen Putnam Fellow at Radcliffe/Harvard University.
Biology Receives Faculty Senate Unit Recognition Award
The Department of Biological Sciences was recognized April 14 for its outstanding contributions to education with the Faculty Senate Unit Recognition Award at the Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception.
FEATURED UNDERGRADUATE BIOLOGY STUDENT
Rebecca M. Lang
Biology's 2016 Alumni Sophomore Biology Scholarship Award Recipient
What inspired you to major in biology?
I want to be a veterinarian, and since BGSU has a Pre-Veterinary Medicine focus plan, I wanted to major in something that would help me achieve this.
What plans do you have after graduation?
I plan on attending a veterinarian college to pursue a career of a companion and farm animal veterinarian. Also, I have a unique fondness of penguins; therefore, I am looking into how I can use a veterinarian degree to attend to their needs either in a zoo or, more preferably, in their natural habitats.