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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.

Biology HONORS THESIS INFORMATION - spring 2016

Friday, April 15 - Register and submit abstract to Undergraduate Research Center for 2016 Symposium. Register here. (symposium questions? contact urc@du.edu)

Monday, April 18 - Submit honors thesis via email to Dr. Daniel Linseman with an email from thesis advisor approving the submission. Electronic submissions due by 5PM to daniel.linseman@du.edu

Monday, April 25 - Electronic copies of thesis are returned to student with faculty review comments by 5PM.  If revisions are required, confer with thesis advisor about how to prepare final draft.

Monday, May 2 - Submit final thesis with corrections to thesis advisor via email and cc: Dr. Daniel Linseman.  Attach separate document on how reviewers comments were addressed. (If you incorporated all of the suggested revisions, a simple statement to that effect will suffice.)

May 2-4 - Students should have their posters printed for Biology Department presentation and the Symposium.

Friday, May 6 - Biology Department Poster Presentation & Reception - Student Posters presenting research highlights will be displayed near their labs in the Seeley G. Mudd building. Students will be present to defend their work from 3:30-5:00pm. A reception in honor of the students will follow from 5:00-5:30pm. Parents and friends are welcome!

Wednesday, May 11 - Symposium of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship - Students will d isplay/defend their posters or make an oral presentation. The symposium will be held 4:00-6:00pm in the Driscall Ballroom. Symposium details

Seminars - spring Quarter 2016

Monday, April 4 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Single Cell dynamics of the proliferation-quiescence decision" - Sabrina Spencer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado-Boulder

Tuesday, April 5 at 4:00pm Long Lecture Series in Boettcher Auditorium 101- "Genetics of Stature: A description of X-- Linked Acrogigantism" - Catherine Choong, M.D., Clinical Professor, School of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia

Monday, April 11 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Getting Taste from Tongue to the Brain via Chemical Synapses Without Synaptic Vesicles" - Thomas Finger, Rocky Mountain Taste and Smell Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Monday, April 18 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Imaging Voltage in Cells and Organisms" - Joel Krajl, Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Monday April 25 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "EMT Transcription factors-potential druggable targets to inhibit metastasis" - Heide Ford, Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Wednesday, April 27 at 5:00pm in Olin 205 - "Use of Gene Therapy for chronic osteoarthritis in our family pets" - Rob Landry DVM, DAAPM, CVA, CCRP, CSCP,Mountain Ridge Animal Hospital & Pain Management Center; Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Colorado, Boulder

Monday, May 2 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Regulation of FMRP mediated translation repression via miRNA pathway" - Navneeta Kaul, PhD candidate   and   "Actin Networkds Organize Cleavage Furrows in Early Drosophila Embryogenesis" - Yi Xie, PhD candidate

Tuesday, May 3 at 10:00am in Olin 205 - "Impacts of Light Pollution on Species Interactions" - Kylee Grenis, PhD candidate

Thursday, May 5 at 9:00am in Sturm 253 - "The Ecology and Evolution of rare, soil specialist Astragalus plants in the Arid Western United States" - Joe Statwick, PhD candidate

Friday, May 6 at 11:00am in Olin 205 - "Metabolomics of the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down Syndrome and Aging" - Nathan Duval, PhD candidate

Monday, May 9 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - "Collective cell migration: molecular dynamics at the leading edge" - Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez, Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto

Monday, May 16 at 4:00pm in Olin 105 - PhD candidates - Elizabeth Barnes and Darin Schulte

Wednesday, June 8, time/location TBD - Emmanuel Boucrot