Biological Sciences


The Department of Biological Sciences offers studies at the leading edge of life science research.  Areas of study and research are infectious and vector-borne diseases, cell and cancer biology, physiology, ecology, and evolution. Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to incorporate research into their curriculum and university experience. State-of-the-art facilities involving microscopy, DNA sequencing, and extraordinarily well-equipped faculty laboratories are available to students electing to do research.

The undergraduate curriculum has as its goal the training of life scientists in the latest developments in life science. The curriculum has as one of its cornerstones laboratory courses that emphasize the experiential nature of the life sciences.

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences prepares a student for many postgraduate opportunities including medical, dental, veterinary and law professional schools, as well as numerous graduate programs in areas of the life sciences. Students also enter the job market with pharmaceutical firms, consulting firms, research laboratories, and non-government organizations (NGOs).

Sample Curriculum

Course Descriptions

Contact Info

Department of Biological Sciences
100 Galvin Life Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0369
(574) 631-6552
email: Susan Monroe

Director of Undergraduate Studies & Academic Advisor
David Veselik

Assistant Department Chair, Honors Program Coordinator, and  REU Program Director
Michelle Whaley

Department Chairperson
Crislyn D'Souza-Schorey

Research Centers, Institutes, and Programs