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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 BiologyEcology 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.


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

BGSU Biology Program's Hunt for Phages!

BGSU is one of the ten 2017 cohorts invited to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Science Education Alliance - Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Phages (SEA-PHAGES) project... Read more


Blame 'food coma' on the brain

The humble fruit fly has proved to be a fruitful research subject for BGSU neuroscientist Dr. Robert Huber and colleagues from Scripps Research Institute in Florida and elsewhere. The collaborators’ research into their behavior has helped expand our understanding of some important neurobiological connections between eating and sleep... Read more

Dr. Shannon Pelini's research provides long-term look at the effects of climate change!

The world of forest ants may provide a macrocosm of the complex reactions and interactions among species affected by global climate change, according to a research project involving BGSU biologist Dr. Shannon Pelini... Read more 



Dr. Hans Wildschutte's new publication reveals important discoveries in antibiotic resistance!


The research in Dr. Hans Wildschutte’s lab focuses on finding environmental bacteria that can kill one or multiple pathogens.  A paper, “Environmental Pseudomonads Inhibit Cystic Fibrosis Patient-Derived Pseudomonas aeruginosa,” recently accepted by the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, is another step toward that goal. The Pseudomonads findings are an important discovery in the battle against antibiotic resistance.  Wildschutte also ties his lab’s research into his undergraduate Introduction to Microbiology class that follows the Small World Initiative (SWI), which addresses antibiotic discovery through an innovative citizen science curriculum.  Read more

Cari Anne Ritzenthaler conducted her Master's research in Hawaii. Cari spent 3 months living in a tropical paradise... Read more

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.

Justin Burdine

Dr. Kevin McCluney's interview on WBGU-TV's The Journal discussing his research as it related to the water quality in Lake Erie. 

Alexandra Patterson: Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary 




Read Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study/Harvard University's interview with Dr. Robert Huber, BGSU Professor and former Helen Putnam Fellow at Radcliffe/Harvard University.

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