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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences

From cellular structure and function to ecosystem dynamics

  • Research and Discovery -  Undergraduate and Graduate students work side-by-side with a faculty who are committed to both teaching and scholarship.
  • Seven undergraduate majors and one specialty concentration - Biological Sciences (BS or BA), Molecular Biology (BS or BA), Ecology & Biodiversity (BS or BA) and Integrated Sciences (BA). These options reflect the diverse applications and career opportunities in the life sciences.
  • Pre-Professional tracks - Undergraduates can follow sequences of required and recommended courses to prepare them for medical, dental, nursing, physicians assistant, physical therapy, pharmacy and veterinary schools.
  • M S and PhD programs - Graduate students conduct original research in Cell & Molecular Biology or Ecology & Evolution.

advising for winter 2017

  • Biology majors -  meet with your assigned major advisors October 17-28 for advising and to have your PIN unlocked for registration.  Registration for Winter Quarter is October 28-November 3.  
  • If you do not know who your assigned advisor is or have any other advising questions, please send an email inquiry to
  • For Pre-Health advising go to the PPAH web page.


Pre-Health students learn about Health Disparities in Denver

DU Biological Sciences partners with a Swedish university to offer 5 year Bachelors + Masters program for biology majors

Kylee Grenis, PhD in Ecology & Evolution ('16) goes from Moths to Mosquitos

NSF grant awarded to Whitley Lehto, PhD candidate in Ecolory & Evolution for epigenetic research with Stickleback fish

MS candidate, Laurel Cepero, uses NSF grant to study influence of wildfires on insect communities

Seminars - FALL Quarter 2016


Monday, September 12 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Principles to Restore Wetland Ecosystems" - Eduardo Gonzalez, PhD, Marie-Curie post-Doctoral fellow, University of Denver, Universite de Toulouse and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire d' ecologie fonctionnelle, Toulouse, France

Monday, September 19 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Evolution and Plasticity in the field, the laboratory and in K-12 classrooms" - Dale Broder, post-Doctoral fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Denver

Monday, September 26 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Real-time Quantification of Single RNA Translation Dynamics in Living Cells" - Tim Stasevich, Assistant Professor, Bio chemistry & Molecular Biology, Colorado State University

Monday, October 10 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "The Trophic Factor Theory of Aging" - Lotta Granholm -Bentley, Executi ve Director of the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, University of Denver

Monday, October 24 at 4:00PM in Olin 105 - "Investigating Protein-Lipid Interactions from Secretory Pathways using Planar and Tabulated Supported Bilayers" - Jefferson Knight, Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado, Denver

Monday, October 31 at 4:00PM in Olin 105 -PhD Candidates in Ecology & Evolution:

  • Whitley Lehto - "Parental effects on offspring mate choice in a changing world: Ultimate and proximate approaches using the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus)
  • Mayra Vidal - "Diet breadth evolution and speciation of a generalist herbivore"

Monday, November 14 at 4:00PM in Olin 105 - "Mitochondria quality control and cell fate decisions" - Xuedong Liu - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder