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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 fall 2017

  • Biology majors -  meet with your assigned major advisors May 1-12 for advising and to have your PIN unlocked for registration.  Registration for Fall Quarter is May 15-18.  (May 12 if you have early registration.)  
  • If you do not know who your assigned advisor is or have any other advising questions, please send an email inquiry to
  • Biology minors - you will need to go to the biology office at your registration time to get an over-ride in order register for any upper level biology courses.
  • For Pre-Health advising go to the PPAH web page.


Investigating Evolution and Endocrinology in Dr. Dores' lab

Researching Environmental Change and Mating Habits in Dr. Robin Tinghitella's lab

Undergrads study ALS and Alzheimers with Dr. Dan Linseman

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

Seminars - spring Quarter 2017


Tuesday, March 28 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Protein quality control in the immortal germline" - Adam Bohnart, PhD, Calico Life Sciences

Monday, April 3 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Neurotransmitter Diversity and Plasticity in Hypothalamic Neurons Contributing to Energy Balance Regulation" - Shane Hentges, PhD, Department of Bio medical Sciences, Colorado State University

Tuesday, April 18 at 4:00pm in Boettcher Auditorium 101 - "Integration of GPCR Signalling by Ubiquitation" - 2017 Long Lecturer, JoAnn Trejo, PhD, University of California, San Diego

Thursday, April 20 at 4:00pm in Boettcher Auditorium 101 - "Going in Circles gets you somewhere - mechanisms controlling egg chamber elongation in Drosophila" - Sally Horne-Badovinac, PhD, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Chicago

Monday, April 24 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 -  "Analyzing the co-evolution of Melanocortin-2 Receptor (MC2R) and the accessory protein, MRAP1: Is Human MC2R a magnificent blunder? -Robert Dores, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Denver

Wednesday, May 3 at 4:00pm in ECS 510 - "Translating Cancer Biology into Cancer Therapies" - Dan Theodorescu, University of Colorado, Anschutz Camp us

Monday, May 8 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Single-cell Systems View of Pediatric Immune Mediated Disorders" - Wen-Yuan Elena Hseih, PhD, University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus

Monday, May 15 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - Shannon Murphy, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Denver

Monday, May 22 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "GPCRs at the intersection of membrane trafficking and cellular communications" - Michael R. Dores, PhD, Department of Biology, Hofstra University, New York