Department of Biological Sciences

Excellent teaching, mentoring, and research opportunities are hallmarks of the rich learning environment in the Department of Biological Sciences.  

biology students outdoors conducting research

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—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

Spring 2021 Biology seminar schedule

  • March 2nd: Katherine Joyner, Ph.D.,
    Presidential Postdoctoral, Fellow, Department of
    Bioengineering UMCP
    "Nanoscale engineering of mucus mimicking hydrogels
    and peptide based biomaterials"
  •  March 23rd: Jessica Hua, Ph.D.,
    Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
    Binghamton University (SUNY) and
    Director, Center for Integrated Watershed Studies
    "Disease ecology in the face of environmental change"
    Watch Dr. Hua's seminar from 3/23/21. 
  • March 30th: Davi Mazala, Ph.D.,
    Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology
    Towson University
    "Using muscle diseases as a model to study underlying
    mechanisms detrimental to muscle function"
  1. April 13th: Philip Farabaugh, Ph.D.,
    Professor, Department of Biological Studies
    UMBC
    " The molecular basis of errors during protein synthesis: Base pair molecular mimicry underlies the most frequent errors" 
     Attend the seminar.
    Meeting ID: 990 3982 2801
    Passcode: 97657139
  • April 27th: Jack Shepard, Ph.D.,
    Associate Professor, Department of Biological Studies
    Towson University
    " Lab Reset: A shift to cross-eyed worms for unraveling mysteries of the brain"
  • May 11th: Matt Hemm, Ph.D.,
    Associate Professor, Department of Biological Studies
    Towson University
    Title TBA
Seminars will be conducted via Zoom and begin at 3:30pm ET (times may be subject to change). Please email for access to links. 

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