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:

Dr. Julia Halo Wildschutte coauthored a newly released research paper in which 19 new pieces of ancient retroviral DNA was found in the human genome. This DNA wa 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. 

Jessica (Guyer) Stevens with Kerrie Turner


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 (left with Kerrie Turner) 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. The couple recently moved into a home they built in Dublin, Ohio.

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



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.


  • BIOL 5500 (501W)– Teaching Evolution & The Nature of Science (First Session, May 16 - June 24)- Course designed to increase understanding of evolution and the nature of science, with extensive content-rich materials, interactive exercises, primary source readings, and in-depth exploration of scientific concepts. Guided by the National Science Education Standards; includes practical experience in teaching evolution and the nature of science. Online.
  • BIOL 6820 (501W) – Fundamentals of Ecology for Teaching Professions (First Session, May 16 - June 24)- Provides a foundation in concepts and principles of ecology. The focus will be on critical thinking, analysis, presentation, and discussion. Students will develop insights about the questions ecologists ask, and how they go about looking for answers. Topics may include: evolutionary ecology, population ecology, community dynamics and function, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and ecological applications. Online. 
  • BIOL 6820 (502W) – Limnology for Teaching Professions (First Session, May 16 - June 24) - Physical, chemical, and biological aspects of aquatic habitats. An integrated survey of biological and physical processes and regulating factors that affect biological communities, including effects from human sources, such as climate change, over harvesting, waste disposal. Online.
  • BIOL 6820 (503W) – Conservation Biology for Teaching Professions (Second Session, June 27 - August 5) - Study of biological diversity and factors responsible for the global extinction crisis. Course focuses on the scientific principles of conservation, with emphasis on applications of ecological theory and population genetics to the management of threatened populations, species, and ecosystems. Online.
  • BIOL 6820 (504W) – Molecular Biology for Teaching Professions (Second Session, June 27 - August 5) - Function and evolutionary conservation of genes and gene products, with emphasis on the applications of molecular biology to the diverse fields in biology. Online


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Dr. Hans Wildschutte and undergraduate, Winona Booher

What was your favorite course at BGSU?

“My favorite course here at BGSU was definitely microbiology with Dr. Hans Wildschutte. This was by far the most challenging course I have taken as an undergraduate but I learned so much from it.

During Dr. WIldschutte's class we participated in the Small World Initiative, an opportunity for undergraduates to obtain real world experience while dealing with the global threat of antibiotic resistance. The fact that the research we were performing in lab actually had a possibility of making a difference in the world was a really rewarding feeling.”                                                                            – Winona Booher, class of 2016