Excellent teaching, mentoring, and research opportunities are hallmarks of the rich
learning environment in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Academic programs in biology prepare students for a range of careers in industry,
government, education and research. The biology major is recommended for students
interested in botany, zoology, ecology, microbiology, molecular biology, environmental
biology or teaching. It’s also an excellent preparation for graduate studies in biology,
medicine and dentistry. Find out more about the advantages of studying biology.
In addition to offering a major, minor and master’s in biology, the Department of
Biological Sciences participates in the molecular biology, biotechnology and bioinformatics (MB3) and environmental science and studies programs.
The department offers students:
- small classes taught by accomplished faculty who are dedicated teachers, mentors and
- state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including laboratories, greenhouses, an
herbarium, transmission electron microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophometers, microscopes,
physiographs, an infrared gas analyzer and specialized field equipment
- outdoor spaces for scientific exploration, including the Glen Arboretum—12 acres of
woods on campus—and the Field Station—223 wooded acres in northern Baltimore County
- research and internship opportunities in campus laboratories and at off-campus field
and lab sites
- innovative Towson UTeach program allowing teachers-in-training to complete a bachelor’s degree and teacher
certification coursework in four years
Providing high-quality advising is a top priority for us. We’re here to help you navigate
degree requirements and administrative offices, and to counsel you on everything from
internships and research opportunities to career choices.