The Department of Biological Sciences provides students with a wide choice of experiences and opportunities in the life sciences — from medicine, to the environment, to basic and applied research in botany, ecology and evolutionary biology, marine biology, microbiology, and molecular biology.
Biology, the study of life, is composed of many disciplines unified by the fact that all living things—plants, animals, and microorganisms—follow the same fundamental laws of heredity, reproduction, growth, development, self-maintenance, interaction, and response. A central focus of the Department of Biological Sciences is to engage students in the study of life through active learning in the classroom and through collaborative research in the laboratory and field. Perhaps the most necessary skills of a biologist are an inquisitive outlook and enthusiastic curiosity.
oster presentation by Biology major, Kim Nguyen, based on research with Dr. James Wee (Biological Sciences) on The Effects of Light Slop Crude Oil on the Growth of the Diatom Skeletonema costatum was held on June 20-23, 2012 in Charleston, SC.
Frank Jordan, Ph.D., chair and professor of biological sciences, along with two Loyola alumnae, have co-authored an article in the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists journal, Copeia.
Rick Dietz '96, after more than 16 years at the Audubon Zoo and five years as general curator, was named director of The Wilds, nonprofit safari park and wildlife conservation center, located two hours east of Columbus, Ohio, and operated by the Columbus Zoo.