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Each student is unique. So are we.

The University of Dayton Department of Biology offers the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree options. Our mission is to provide a unique educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the field of biology.

Research Opportunities

Students work with faculty to conduct research

The opportunities for students to participate in the application of biology are vast. Currently our faculty attracts over $4 million dollars in sponsored research in areas such as cancer and stem cell biology, regenerative biology, microbiology and immunology, and molecular biology. The research emphasis in the environmental area includes applied and restoration ecology.

Our Unique Advantages

At the University of Dayton, our biology students are immersed in a rigorous challenging program of study designed to combine specific scientific knowledge and theory with robust laboratory and field experience. Your classroom may include a chalkboard, electron microscope, wading through a wetland area, isolating specific genes involved in cancer, or studying the exciting potential of stem cells. Our formal lecture classes for majors are small and taught by full time professors, all of whom possess a Ph.D. What you learn through traditional lecture and study will be significantly enhanced by your own hands-on experience. Undergraduate and graduate biology students at UD enjoy personal, one-to-one attention from our 17 full-time Ph.D. faculty members. Undergraduates meet on a regular basis with their undergraduate advisor to discuss career possibilities, course curriculum, and service and internship opportunities. Graduate students work day-to-day with their faculty mentor to conduct research, choose courses and discuss future career options.

Career development is actually built into our undergraduate curriculum from the first year through the senior year making our students more competitive. With over 85 different lecture and laboratory courses in cancer biology, regenerative biology, restoration ecology, and in-depth study of the microbial world, UD biology majors can explore a fascinating range of subjects, engage in undergraduate research opportunities with top-flight faculty, and prepare themselves well for further study or direct entry into the workforce. As a matter of fact, in the last ten years, over 98 percent of UD Biology alumni have successfully obtained employment or are now pursuing advanced degrees in the healthcare professions or graduate studies. Many of these alumni work in the fields of medicine, dentistry, industrial  and pharmaceutical research, teaching, veterinary science, physical therapy, pharmacy, nursing, anesthesiology, environmental and patent law, entrepreneurship, public health and government positions.