Why study biology at the University of Denver?
The department of biological sciences provides opportunities for graduate training at the doctoral (PhD) or master's (MS) level. Students earn a degree in biology with a concentration in either cell and molecular biology or ecology and evolution. Both program tracks involve a combination of course work, lab or field research and a defended thesis. Students begin their thesis research under the direction of a faculty member during the first year. All students are expected to publish their work in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Students also have the opportunity to participate in teaching undergraduate courses.
The PhD and MS programs are centered on primary research that coincides with faculty experience and expertise. Students will conduct their research in a university environment using state-of-the-art techniques and facilities. The current research emphases of the department are:
- Cell and molecular biology (biophysics, neuroscience, cell signaling and physiology, developmental biology, molecular forensics and molecular evolution) is supported by major research facilities that include automated DNA sequencers, real-time PCR instruments, a DNA WAVE HPLC, a Hitachi transmission electron microscope and an Olympus Fluoview 1000 confocal microscope.
- Ecology and evolution (biogeochemistry, conservation biology, restoration ecology, molecular evolution) takes advantage of unique field study sites that include an alpine research station on Mt. Evans in the Arapaho National Forest and collaborative research opportunities with the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Rocky Mountain Center for Conservation Genetics and Systematics.