Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Degrees in biology, microbiology, and neuroscience; specializations in ecology and conservation, forensic biology, marine and aquatic biology and pre-health biology.

Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences is a diverse group of faculty and students focused on the study of life. Research strengths of the department include: Microbiology & Molecular Biology, Ecology & Conservation Biology, and Neuroscience & Behavior. Our research and teaching encompass both fundamental basic science and targeted efforts to address societal challenges, including those of medical and environmental relevance.

The mission of the department is four-fold:

  • Providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate student instruction and training.
  • Conducting biological research of national and international significance
  • Providing professional leadership to national and international scientific communities
  • Aiding society, through public outreach, education and applied research, embracing our mission as a public university for the public good


BGSU researchers receive NOAA grant for aquaponics

Drs. Kevin Neves (Biology), Jonathan Kershaw (Public & Allied Health) and Fei Weisstein (Marketing) were awarded a $212,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to improve consumer acceptance of the aquaponics system. The grant work will span two years. 

Bowling Green State University is part of a team receiving funding for “Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms: Portable Toxin Detection Technology to Support Great Lakes Decision Support Tools.” The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced recipients of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Competitive Research Program Harmful Algal Bloom Awards Oct. 1. 

News and Stories

Master's student Josie Lindsey-Robbins a finalist for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Master's student Josie Lindsey-Robbins is one of 4 finalists competing for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, a year-long program that places highly qualified graduate students in host offices in the legislative and executive branches of U.S. government. Josie's research focuses on phosphorus and nitrogen management in agricultural soil to prevent Lake Erie algal blooms.

In full bloom: Toxic algae research on Lake Erie

Drs. Bullerjahn & Davis, along with graduate student Emily Beers assist in Harmful Algal Blooms grab sampling on Lake Erie. Samples were taken from 200 locations on the lake in a 4 hour window.

Fighting Back Against the Emerald Ash Borer

The public health, social, environmental and economic benefits of trees are well known – and continue to expand with current trends like forest bathing. But since 2003, a little green beetle has been threatening trees in Ohio and beyond.

The emerald ash borer, an invasive, exotic beetle discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002, has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. In Ohio, where at one time one in every 10 trees was an ash tree, the ½-inch long bug seemed to have won its war.

But Bowling Green State University postdoctoral researcher Dr. Rachel Kappler, biological sciences, says all may not be lost.

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