Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Wilburn A. Sliger, Chair
309 Clement Hall
Betsy L. Berry, Nancy L. Buschhaus, Randy H. Cate, John L. Collins, James E. Deck, Linda Husmann, Rebecca E. Irwin, Hao Nguyen, T. David Pitts, Darrell Ray, Gopal K. Sharma, Carroll E. Slack, Wilburn A. Sliger, Wintfred L. Smith, Phillip W. Watkins.
Faculty Associates: Donna K. Forbess, Kelly Johnson.
The Department of Biological Sciences includes programs of study in most contemporary areas of biology, and includes preparation for teachers of biology, for biologists in industrial and governmental employment, and for students preparing for graduate study in biology. Curricula designed to meet admission requirements to medical, dental, and allied health professional schools are also available (refer to Pre-professional Areas). The program for the Biology major leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. A minor in Biology is also available.
Majors and Minors
B.S. Curriculum. Major. Biology 110-120, Chemistry 121-122, and Chemistry 341-342 are prerequisites to a major and a grade of C or above is required for these prerequisites. The major consists of Biology 330, 331, 336, 391, 410 or 411, and 15 additional elective hours (including at least eleven at the upper division level) selected from courses in biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology. Four hours of Biochemistry may be used to satisfy the electives within the major. Majors in Biology are required to complete a minor or a second major. A minimum score of 135 on the ETS Biology Major Field Achievement Test is required to complete the major.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Minor. A minor consists of Biology 110-120 and 13 hours selected from courses numbered 300 or above in biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology.
The Department of Biological Sciences is located in Brehm Hall where there are three lecture halls and a series of 12 teaching laboratories. Animal quarters, a darkroom, greenhouse, and an instrument laboratory are available for individual study and research; modern student computer laboratory is available in the department. The department directs teaching and research activities on campus and at our teaching and research facility located on Reelfoot Lake. The Department of Biological Sciences is affiliated with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where a full summer program of courses is offered.
Description of Courses