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 2020 Seminar Series

All seminars will be held on Tuesdays in Smith Hall 264 starting at 3:30pm.

  • "Tiny Flies in Wild Rivers: in Search of Endemic Cricotopus"
    February 11, 2020
    Presented by: Susan Gresens, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
    Towson University
    Note: Sabbatical Seminar
  • "The Impact of Stress and Opioids on Brain Molecular Mechanisms"
    February 25, 2020
    Presented by:Mary Kay Lobo, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
    University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Note: Student luncheon at noon, reception in
    SM 340 immediately following the seminar
  • "Host Suppression of Quorum Sensing during Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections"
    March 10, 2020
    Presented by: Cherisse Hall, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
    University of Maryland
    Note: Student luncheon at noon, reception in SM 340 immediately following the seminar
  • "Title TBA"
    March 31, 2020
    Presented by: Barbara Slusher, M.A.S., Ph.D.
    Director, Johns Hopkins Drug Discovery Program
    Note: Graduate student invited speaker, student luncheon at noon, reception in SM 340 immediately following the seminar
  • "The Size of Freshwater Ponds Predicts Avian Community Structure: Implications for a Changing Arctic"
    April 7, 2020
    Presented by: Didem Ikis, Ph.D.
    Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences
    Towson University
  • "One Virus's Trash is a Researcher's Treasure: Using Proteomics to Understand the Viral Lifecycle"
    April 28, 2020
    Presented by: Elana Ehrlich, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
    Towson University
    Note: Sabbatical Seminar
  • "Salamander Secrets: Regeneration, Blood Vessels, & Cancer"
    May 12, 2020
    Presented by: Renee Dickie, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
    Towson University
    Note: Sabbatical Seminar

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