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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 2018

  • Biology majors -  meet with your assigned major advisors April 30 - May 11 for advising and to have your PIN unlocked for registration.  Registration for Fall Quarter is May 14-17 (May 11, 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 and non-biology Pre-Health track- you will need to contact the biology office to get an over-ride in order register for your biology courses.
  • For Pre-Health advising go to the DU Pre-Health 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 - Fall Quater 2018

Monday, September 10 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - ""How to be extreme: the evolutionary biology of high-elevation deer mice" - Nathan Senner, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana

Monday, September 17at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Something new from something old: tracking microbial life in the deep biosphere"  - Kelly Wrighton, Dept. of Microbiology, Colorado State University

Monday, September 24 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Emerging drivers of change: Complex disturbances and forest dynamics from local to regional scales"  - Brian Buma, Integrative Biology, UC Denver  

Monday, October 1at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - DU Department of Biology Faculty Research Seminars  

Monday, October 8 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - TBA - Anna Runemark, Dept. of Biology, Lund University

Monday, October 15 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 -"Sabbatical stories: conservation and natural history of New Zealand" Anna Sher, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Denver

Monday, October 22 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "The biology of pair bonding: insights from evolution, genetics, and neuroscience" - Zoe Donaldson, Center for Neuroscience, CU Boulder

Monday, October 29, at 4:00pm in Olin 105 -"Evolution and development of skull morphological diversity in closely related species (genus Cyprinodon)"  - Ezra Lencer, Cell and Developmental Bio, U of Colorado Anschutz

Monday, November 5 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Lessons from big genomes - genomic gigantism in salamanders" - Rachel Mueller, Department of Biology, Colorado State University

Monday, November 12 , at 4:00pm, Olin 105 - "Belowground responses to elevation in a tropical montane cloud forest, Caitlin Looby,  Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Denver

Tuesday, November 13 at 4pm in Boettcher Auditorium, Room 101, Colleen Thomas, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Microbiology, La Trobe University