Tom Christ

I am pleased to welcome you to the Department of Biology, where our teaching and research span fields of study ranging from molecular to global biology. We offer B.A./ B.S. degrees in Biology, Botany, and Zoology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biology and Botany. Graduate students may also pursue degree programs in Cellular, Structural, and Molecular Biology (CMSB) as well as Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (EEEB).

We have over 1,100 undergraduate majors and 80 graduate students who are mentored and supported by 30 dedicated faculty and 20 professional and administrative staff. Biology also supports Project Dragonfly, which provides global field programs and inquiry-based science education for over 900 graduate students in M.A./M.A.T. degree programs geared towards zoo professionals and in-service teachers.

Biology is organized around six focal areas of faculty expertise: (1) molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and genetics; (2) physiology and neuroscience; (3) organismal biology and zoology; (4) plant biology; (5) evolution, behavior, and conservation; and (6) ecology and environmental biology. The breadth of our expertise enables us to offer a wide range of courses, pre-professional programs, and research experiences that prepare students for success in graduate and professional schools and for career paths in health, biotechnology, the environment, and plant science.

Pearson Hall, the home to the Department of Biology, is newly renovated to provide first-class facilities for teaching and research as well as a study and collaborative spaces. Our affiliated centers and facilities offer students the opportunity to use state-of-the-art research instrumentation, to gain hands-on experience working with plants and animals, and to explore environmental education and outreach. Our 175-acre field station near Oxford provides facilities for experimental research and outdoor teaching. Over 1000 acres of natural lands are adjacent to campus and can be used for teaching, research, or a walk in the woods.

I invite you to explore the many opportunities offered by Biology, whether you are prospective or current students, alumni, partner organizations, or employers. Visit us and you’ll know why we are a special place.

Thomas Crist
Professor and Chair