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Department of Biological Sciences

Engaging students in the study of life

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.

Academics

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. Find out more about our programs »

Research

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. Find out more about our research »

Faculty Success

Biology professor co-authors paper on reproductive biology of stream fish

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.


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Student Success

Biology student presents research about cattail spreading in the Mississippi River Delta at national Botany conference

Madi Stark presented her senior thesis research at the Botany 2014 national conference in Boise, ID, in July 2014. The poster, on a possible undescribed hybrid cattail spreading aggressively in the Mississippi River delta, was co-authored with Biology professors Dave White and Don Hauber.


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Research Seminars

Hear from prominent regional, national, and international scientists.

Our Facilities

Our teaching and research laboratories feature state-of-the-art equipment