Department Chair: Emily F. Schmitt Lavin
The Mission of the Department of Biological Sciences (DoBS) is to provide students with a strong foundation in biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, providing opportunities and connections for current students and graduates to achieve success in their careers.
Within the Biology Department, there are opportunities for study at both the undergraduate level (with a biology major) and at the graduate level (with a master's in biological sciences) and also a certificate in computational molecular biology. The masters in biological sciences has three paths of study: A 12-month concentration in Health Studies, and 2-year paths of study that involve either a capstone or thesis project. Students may become involved in various research projects including the fields of genomics and the study of the microbiome, which are the bacteria that make up other organisms, including ourselves.
In the Department of Biological Sciences, students have the opportunity to interact and study with faculty who excel in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarship. Every year, students participate in a wide variety of service and research opportunities under the direction of deparment faculty, including internships assisting surgeons with an organ transplant team at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, conducting research in a virology lab at Harvard University, and working alongside medical school students and practitioners as part of the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program held at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Students in our department are also able to connect with a growing network of alumni who are leaders in the various fields of medicine, science education, and biological research, among others.