Welcome to the Department of Biology

Biology is the study of the life processes in all living organisms. Biologists concern themselves with living things and how they survive, with how they affect each other and their environments and with food, physiology, energy, growth, reproduction and maintenance processes. Generally, professionals in this field are responsible for the recognition and investigation of biological problems and the applications of theory to these problems. The Department of Biology offers Bachelor of Science, combined Bachelor and Master of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degree options. We offer two concentrations for the undergraduate degree - biomedical science and ecological/environmental science. The undergraduate programs emphasize scientific knowledge and theory partnered with hands-on experience in the laboratory and in the field. Biology majors enjoy individualized attention from our faculty and are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research opportunities with them. Our graduates are well-prepared for entering the work force directly or progressing onto higher education such as professional school or graduate school.

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Our programs partner scientific knowledge and theory with hands-on experience.

We award Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in biology and environmental biology. Upon completion of a B.S. program our students possess a professional resume, oral presentation skills, hands-on experience, and analytical and computer skills valued by employers, graduate schools and professional schools. Undergraduates have the opportunity to work alongside faculty and graduate students as teams to conduct world class research. Our graduates find a wide range of career opportunities available to them including the medical professions, academic and industrial research, teaching positions and government positions.

We also award Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in biology. The success of our graduate programs is rooted in a strong orientation toward bioinstrumentation and the individualized attention received by each graduate student. Our Master's and Doctoral graduates are highly sought-after and readily employed by academic institutions, industry, government agencies, research institutions, and hospitals.

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We help you to be prepared.

The biology and environmental biology degree programs prepare you for work in health care, research, industry and government. Our graduates often pursue a career as a medical doctor, veterinarian, dentist, biological researcher, environmental or patent lawyer, college professor, pharmaceutical salesperson, computational biologist, teacher, restoration ecologist, environmental monitor, physician assistant or anesthesiology assistant.

White coats

Go beyond the classroom.

Biology majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience through programs offered within the department and through other University offices. Study abroad, field study, internships, student organizations, service and research opportunities are available to every student.

Get to know us.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Biology invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.

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Our faculty are dedicated to scholarship.

Due to the breadth of study in biology, and driven by a mission to educate our undergraduate and graduate students, the University of Dayton Department of Biology faculty has developed a wide spectrum of research interests. Additionally, this faculty plays a key role in one of the department's strongest differentiating aspects, that is, the way it integrates undergraduate and graduate education, especially in the research arena.

We take pride in our alumni.

The loyalty of our alumni makes the University of Dayton a special place. UD's alumni community spans the globe — 100,000 strong. Graduates of Department of Biology programs have gone on to exciting and varied careers as well as higher education programs. Their generosity and support helps to ensure success for future grads as well.

How can we help you?

Please feel free to contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.


Department of Biology
University of Dayton
Science Center Room 211
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-2320

Phone: 937-229-2521
Fax: 937-229-2021