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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.
  • MS and PhD programs - Graduate students conduct original research in Cell & Molecular Biology or Ecology & Evolution.


  • For Current Majors (Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity, Integrated Sciences) contact your biology faculty advisor. If you do not know who your assigned biology faculty advisor is or have any other advising questions, please send an email inquiry (include your student ID number!) to [email protected].
  • For questions related to Biological Sciences Minor, a Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience, or to declare one of the majors in Biological Sciences, please send an email inquiry (include your student ID number!) to [email protected].
  • For Pre-Health advising go to the DU Pre-Health web page.


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

Assistant Professor Schuyler Van Engelenburg uses super resolution microscopy to unravel HIV- viral budding

Associate Professor Todd Blankenship uses quantitative fluorescence microscopy to epithelial cell movement

Assistant Professor Robin Tinghitella discovers rapid evolution of mating behavior in Hawaiian crickets

Seminars - WINTER QUARTER 2019

Monday, January 7th at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - Dr Rich Reading, Ph.D., Director of Research and Conservation at Butterfly Pavilion.

Monday, January 14th at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - Taras Lyubchenko - "B-lymphocyte signaling biomarkers in autoimmune Rheumatoid arthritis"

Thursday, January 17th at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - Cell Biology faculty candidate  Dr. Ann Wehman, University of Würzburg – "Extracellular vesicles and cell debris: release, function, and clearance"

Thursday, January 24th at 4:00pm in Olin 105Cell Biology faculty candidate  Dr. Isaac Cervantes-Sandoval, Scripps Research Institute - "Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Active Forgetting"

Wednesday, January 30th at 4:00pm in Olin 205 – Cell Biology faculty candidate  Dr. Saurabh Kulkarni, Yale University - "Control of organelle number and organization in multiciliated cell"

Monday, February 3rd at 4:00pm in Olin 105Cell Biology faculty candidate  Dr. Martin Engelke, University of Michigan – "Protein Engineering Reveals Distinct Functions of Kinesin Motors in Mammalian Cells"

Thursday, February 7th at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - Cell Biology faculty candidate  Dr. Tim Davies, Columbia University