The Department of Biological Sciences has 23 full-time faculty members and approximately 400 undergraduate students enrolled in our program. We offer B.A. and B.S. degrees in general biology, teacher education in biology, environmental science, and neuroscience. The environmental science and neuroscience programs are transdisciplinary with multiple courses from other departments and required experiential learning.
While undergraduate instruction is our primary focus, the department places great emphasis on undergraduate research. In fact, undergraduate research has become one of the defining characteristics of the department. During the past several years, this has resulted in a large number of students working with faculty members on research projects. Students write grant proposals to support their research efforts, make presentations at national and international scientific conferences and regionally at the Kentucky Academy of Science, Beta Beta Beta, and the annual “Posters on the Hill” event sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research in Washington D. C. Students also co-author papers with faculty mentors. Many graduate or go on to attend professional schools while others have chosen to work in research labs (Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, US EPA, FDA, NIOSH) located in the area. The US EPA and private environmental consulting firms provide employment opportunities for many environmental science majors as well as some biology majors.
The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in the Dorothy Westerman Herrmann Natural Science Center along with the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Physics, Geology and Engineering Technology. The 172,000 square feet facility provides enhanced capabilities for hands-on-learning. The building contains nine state-of-the-art classrooms and 48 laboratories for teaching and research. The $97 million Health Innovations Center opens this year (2018) and will include a state-of-the-art neuroscience research laboratory, new neuroscience teaching labs, and a major vivarium to allow expanded neurobehavioral studies.