About the Department
The department encourages undergraduate students to work with professors in research laboratories and projects to obtain first-hand information about research in the life sciences. Opportunities are available in many fields, including systematics and evolutionary biology, ecology and environmental biology, cell and molecular biology, and several areas of biotechnology. These research programs have been well received in the past and have proved beneficial to both students and faculty. Students who have been involved in the research projects have received competitive grants; presented papers at scientific meetings; authored papers published in scientific journals; and progressed to become successful medical doctors, college professors, etc. The master's and doctoral programs include specializations in the areas of animal physiology and biomedical sciences, biological informatics, ecology, evolution and systematic biology, microbiology, plant physiology, plant biotechnology, and quantitative biology.