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).
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Research Centers, Institutes, and Programs
- Center for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST)
- Center for Zebrafish Research
- Eck Institute for Global Health
- Environmental Change Initiative
- Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute (EMSI)
- GLOBES Program
- Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity
- University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC)