Department of Biological Sciences

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, biochemistry and bioinformatics (MB3) and environmental science and studies programs.

What We Offer

The department offers students:

  • small classes taught by accomplished faculty who are dedicated teachers, mentors and researchers
  • 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—10 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

Academic Advising

Need help navigating degree requirements? Want to learn more about internships and research opportunities? We’re here to help.

We're hiring!

The Department of Biological Sciences is searching for four new tenure-track Assistant Professors.  We invite applicants in the areas of Integrative Biology or Aquatic Ecology/Evolutionary Biology to apply below.

Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology

  For more information and to Apply.

Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology/
Evolutionary Biology

 For more information and to Apply.

Fall 2021 ASBMB Seminar Schedule

October 1st, 2021
Dr. Leonard Medved, UMSOM
"Fibrinogen and its Role in Hemostasis and Wound Healing"

November 19th, 2021
Dr. Bret Hassel. UMSOM
Topic: Nathan Schnaper Intern Program in Translational Cancer Research

December 3rd, 2021
Dr. Peter Espenshade,  Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Topic: Lipid Homeostasis

** All seminars start at 3:00pm (unless otherwise stated) in Science Complex Room 5250. Pizza will be served** 

Contact Information

Department of Biological Sciences

Science Complex, Room 4101

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Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm

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