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 levels from the cellular and molecular to population and 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 national and international scientific communities



Congratulations Dr. Scott Rogers!
Dr. Rogers authors his 2nd book, "Defrosting Ancient Microbes: Emerging Genomes in a Warmer World", which is coming out in October! His book discusses how the melting polar ice caps will release long dormant microbes into our ecosystem and examines the role these microbes will play across the globe. 


Frank's Corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) only blooms every 7-8 years.

Interested in growing your own Corpse flower?

**The Toledo Blade interviews Dr. Dan Pavuk on his research into the West Nile virus.**


BGSU establishes the Great Lakes Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health

BGSU establishes the Great Lakes Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health

BGSU establishes the Great Lakes Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health

News and Stories



Biology's Dr. Julia Halo was recently awarded a $300,000, three-year Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health is taking a new look at the canine genome, and her research is beginning to reveal that some long-held held beliefs about what it contains may not be entirely accurate.   Read More



Dr. Moira van Staaden has pursued her teaching and research in communication, social systems and the interplay among them from her native South Africa to Europe to the United States, and she has gained a reputation as a top scholar in her field of neuroethology. But in response to what she has observed over her career, and in the past 19 years at Bowling Green State University, she has made the professional decision to also dedicate herself to imparting the joy and methods of science to students and to improving its pedagogy for faculty. Her goals are Read More

Algae Bloom Covers 700 Square Miles of Lake Erie

Algae Bloom Covers 700 Square Miles of Lake Erie

An algae bloom in Lake Erie's western basin, bordering Michigan and Ohio, is turning portions of the lake bright green. Algae blooms have been getting larger and more frequent in the lake, and in 2014 one affected Toledo, Ohio's water supply. Jeremy Hobson of National Public Radio’s Here & Now talks with BGSU associate professor Dr. Timothy Davis about what causes the blooms and how they might be prevented. Read More

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Biology are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of living systems at the molecular, cellular, and organismal level and how these principles are unified through evolution;
  • Understand the nature, methods of acquiring, and limitations of scientific evidence and be able to participate in the process of scientific inquiry;
  • Value the importance of living systems, Natural Science in general, and specifically biological science, basic research, and scientific thinking to society;
  • Communicate scientific information and reasoning in writing, orally, and in other presentation formats;
  • Apply and extrapolate biological science knowledge and skills to address local/global needs and problems.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Biology program will undergo its next Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Biology program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Biology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.


  • Marine and Aquatic Biology
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Forensic Biology