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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 spring 2018

  • Biology majors -  meet with your assigned major advisors January 29 - February 9 for advising and to have your PIN unlocked for registration.  Registration for Spring Quarter is February 12-16.  (Feb. 9 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 (include your student ID number!) 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 your biology courses.
  • For Pre-Health advising go to the PPAH web page.


Dr. Robin Tinghitella gives TED talk on "Waiting, Dating and Mating-Adventure"

Molecular Biology alumnus, Bailey Loving '15, co-founds the CU Anschutz "Black Men and Women in White Coats", and is featured in a video that talks about his journey to medical school

Dr. Nancy Lorenzon named DU Faculty Career Champion for work with Pre-Health students

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

Seminars - winter Quarter 2018


Tuesday, January 9 at 10:00am in Boettcher West 124 - "The Ecology of Land Managers in Riperian Restoration" - Lisa Clark, MS Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Denver

Monday, January 22 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Reproduction in a warming world" - Dr. Kasey Fowler-Finn, Department of Biology, St. Louis University

Monday, January 29 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Ancient evolutionary conflicts reveal barriers to viral transmission" - Nicholas Meyerson PhD, BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder

Monday, February 5 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Unraveling the mechanisms encoding the specificity of vesicle traffic at the Golgi" - John Shin, PhD, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Medical Research Council, Cambridge, UK

Thursday, February 8 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Looking Under the Hood of Myosin Motors" - Sarah Heissler, PhD, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, NIH

Monday, February 12 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "The evolution of adaptive mimetic diversity in butterflies" - Sean Mullen, PhD, Department of Biology, Boston University

Wednesday, February 14 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Mechanisms of resistance to retroviral infections" Melissa Kane, PhD, Laboratory of Virology, The Rockefeller University

Monday, February 19 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "On the highway of connectivity: regulation of axonal transport in neurons" - Amanda Neisch, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota

Monday, February 26 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Dysfunction of synaptic endocytic trafficking in Parkinson's Disease" - Mian Cao, PhD, Department of Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine

Wednesday, February 28 at 4:00pm in Boettcher Auditorium 101 - "Translational Molecular Biology: Targeting Healthspan" - Tom LaRocca, PhD, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Monday, March 5 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "The aging nucleus: from declining nuclear function to disrupted cellular metabolism" - Abby Buchwalter, PhD, The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

Monday, March 12 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Spatiotemporal dynamics of plant invasions" - Jana Mullerova, PhD, Department of GIS and Remote Sensing, Academy of the Sciences of the Czech Republic

Monday, April 2 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - Graduate student seminars

Monday, April 16 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - Graduate student seminars

Monday, April 23 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - Long Lecture Series

Monday, May 7 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - Graduate student seminars

Monday, May 21 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - Jerry Stitzel