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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 - fall Quarter 2017


Monday, September 11 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Single Cell & Single Molecule: Using transcriptomes and transcripts to understand the early embryo" - Dr. Erin Nishimura, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Colorado State University

Monday, September 18 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Insights from avian hybrid zones into the origin and maintenance of biodiversity" - Scott Taylor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder

Friday, September 22 at 12:00pm in BAUD 101 - "Dense Core Vesicle Heterogeneity in Anterior Pituitary Cells" - Kelly Sinak, Masters Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Denver

Friday, September 22 at 2:00pm in Olin 105 - "Folding tissues at different scales: from motor to tissue" - Adam C. Martin, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology