Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Wilburn A. Sliger, Chair
248 Brehm Hall
(90l) 881-7184


Nancy L. Buschhaus, Randy H. Cate, John L. Collins, Linda Husmann, Rebecca E. Irwin, Alice Mills, Hao Nguyen, T. David Pitts, Darrell Ray, Gopal K. Sharma, Carroll E. Slack, Wilburn A. Sliger, Hugh M. Turner.

Faculty Associates: Donna K. Forbess.


The Department of Biological Sciences' mission is to offer a diverse program designed to acquaint students with a broad, representative knowledge of biological principles. In addition to providing courses designed to meet the needs of biology majors, the department also provides service courses for other programs. The department offers both a major and a minor in biology. Public service activities are primarily directed to the regional needs of West Tennessee. Research for the purpose of faculty and student growth and development is encouraged.

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of the Biology major the graduating senior is expected to:


The Biology Department and faculty offices are located in Brehm Hall. The department directs teaching and research activities on campus and at the 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

Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society was established as a society for undergraduate students. It emphasizes a three-fold program: stimulation of scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research. Therefore, BBB gives students the opportunity to report on their findings in the laboratory through BIOS, the journal of the society. Published since 1930, BIOS is a quarterly journal which publishes articles of interest to the society, articles written by undergraduates, and articles of general biological interest.

Mu Epsilon Delta is a pre-health science organization composed of Biology, Chemistry, and Health Science majors dedicated to promoting the health sciences. It's mission is to assist students in the pre-health sciences by sponsoring seminars, visits with health science professionals, tours of professional schools, etc., and fellowship with students, teachers and professionals, who are interested in health science professions.

Biology Major (6210)

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 29 hours to include: Biology 331, 336, 391, 410 or 411, 430, 431, and 15 additional elective hours (including at least 11 at the upper-division level) selected from courses in biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology. No more than four credit hours from Research Participation (Biology 451-452, Microbiology 453-454) may be counted toward the major. 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 and all requirements for the B.S. degree, including the general education requirements. 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

Courses Offered by Department of Biological Sciences

Description of Courses