Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Wilburn A. Sliger, Chair
309 Clement Hall
(90l) 587-7184


Betsy L. Berry, Nancy L. Buschhaus, Randy H. Cate, John L. Collins, James E. Deck, Gary E. Durrant, Linda Husmann, Rebecca E. Irwin, Hao Nguyen, T. David Pitts, Darrell Ray, Gopal K. Sharma, Carroll E. Slack, Wilburn A. Sliger, Wintfred L. Smith

Faculty Associates: Donna K. Forbess

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.



The Biology Department and faculty offices are located in Clement Hall until completion of the Brehm Hall renovation. Classes are temporarily being taught in three buildings; Johnson EPS Building, Humanities Building, and Gooch Hall. A student computer laboratory is also located in Clement Hall. 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.


Student Organizations


Biology Major

B.S. Curriculum. 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 11 at the upper-division level) selected from courses in biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology. Biochemistry may be used to satisfy four of the elective hours within the major. Majors in biology are required to complete a minor or a second major and all requirements for the B.S. degree. A minimum score of 135 on the ETS Biology Major Field Achievement Test is required to complete the major.


Biology Minor

A minor consists of Biology 110-120 and 13 hours selected from courses numbered 300 or above in biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology.

Courses Available at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Description of Courses