Biological Sciences


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.

Latest News

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.

Larry and Linda Oman Scholarship

Meet the 2016 Larry and Linda Oman Graduate Scholarship Recipients:  Payel Chatterjee, Richard Budnik and Jennifer Shimola.  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 $1500.00 to advance the quality of his/her research.



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!

Dr. Julia Halo Wildschutte coauthored a newly released research paper, Discovery of unfixed endogenous retrovirus insertions in diverse human populations, in which 19 new pieces of ancient retroviral DNA was found in the human genome. This DNA was left by retroviruses that first infected human ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago... The discovery of an intact copy of it within the human genome poses questions as to how it has survived and suggests others may lie dormant in the DNA of many species. 

Former biology major  Jessica (Guyer) Stevens '06 excelled both in competition and in the classroom during her 4 years as a BGSU gymnast. She was both an Academic All-American and a first team All-MAC competitor from 2003-06 for the Falcons.

In competition, Stevens was a co-captain and first team All-MAC competitor in 2005-06. She earned multiple MAC Gymnast of the Week honors during her career, and was part of the program's record breaking single-meet team score of 196.100 in 2005. Individually, she scored a 9.950 on floor, which remains the 2nd best score in program history. As a junior, she was a NCAA regional alternate on both floor and vault.

Stevens was named an Academic All-American by the Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches and was a 4 time Scholastic All-American, maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout her college career. The Worthington Kilbourne High School graduate was named to ESPN The Magazine's 2005 Academic All-District team and was a finalist for the prestigious Walter Byers Scholarship her senior year at BG. As a Walter Byers finalist, she earned an academic scholarship for post-graduate studies. Stevens was also an Academic All-MAC competitor and a MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honoree. She represented BGSU at the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference in 2005 and was named the Outstanding Senior Scholar-Athlete in 2006. 

Stevens continued to excel following her graduation from BGSU. She earned her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Wright State University in 2010 and completed her residency in Anesthesiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2014. She was named Chief Resident at UNC in her final year of training and also received the Gregory Sheldon Leadership Award in 2014. Stevens is currently a partner in the largest anesthesia group in Columbus: Midwest Physician Anesthesia Services, which serves 2 hospitals and 3 outpatient surgical centers in the area, providing services to over 55,000 patients annually.

She has given numerous state and national presentations throughout her education and training. She has traveled to Swaziland on medical missions and continues to participate in medical student and resident education. Her hobbies include international health, medical education, sports, running, cooking and spending time with family and friends. She is married to her husband of 5 years, Cory Stevens ('06), who was also a BGSU athlete, playing men's soccer. 

Please join us in offering Jessica our congratulations on her success!

Jessica (Guyer) Stevens Kerrie Turner

Jess (Guyer) Stevens with Kerrie Turner

Dr Mrs Lee Meserve with Jess Stevens

Dr. & Mrs. Lee Meserve with Jess (Guyer) Stevens

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.

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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.


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. 

Rebecca M Lang