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  • The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology has recently received a generous gift that enables the Biology Program and Genetics Program to offer a new scholarship.  The donors created this fund to honor the legacy and profession of Dr. Staniforth (1919-1984) who was a pioneer in the field of weed science.  See the Dr. David W. Staniforth Legacy Scholarship page for more information and how to apply.  

  • A new advanced biology course will be offered Spring 2020 taught by Dr. Dior Kelley (GDCB).  

    BIOL 420X. Plant Molecular Biology. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereqs: BIOL 211 & BIOL 212.  Molecular aspects of plant biology with an emphasis on model seed plants. Topics include plant metabolism, genome organization and expression, cell architecture, membrane transport, protein trafficking and special topics related to development and response to biological and environmental stimuli. Includes examples from contemporary experimental plant biology research.


  • Topics in Cell Biology (BIOL 428) will be offered again for the Spring 2020 semester!  This course will be co-taught by Dr. Mohan Gupta and Dr. Diane Bassham. 


  • This past summer, the Biology faculty voted on two proposals brought forward by the Biology Program Committee.  The results of these votes mean a few changes in Biology Program degree requirements for students.  

  • Dr. Xun Gu will be teaching an undergraduate-level introduction to transcriptome genomics this coming Fall 2019.  For more information about this opportunity, see here.

  • All biology majors must complete ecology (BIOL 312) to complete their Bachelor of Science in the program.  It includes both lecture and laboratory components in a single course.  There are currently two lecture sections (A and B) and twenty lab sections scheduled for Fall 2019.  The following information is to help students select which lecture section they wish to register for.  

    Lecture Section A

    Section A typically has enrollment of 260-300 students and requires students to be individually responsible for all their activities and grades.

  • Dr. Robert Wallace will be offering a BIOL 495 seminar this coming Spring 2019 that explores the tree of life.  The course is intended for upperclass Biology majors and will be limited to 16 students.   Sign-up is required in Bessey Hall 103.

  • This coming Fall, Dr. Xun Gu will be offering a BIOL 495 seminar on topics related to comparative genomics of transcriptomes (gene expressions) at an introductory level.  The course will meet on Thursdays from 5:10 pm to 6:40 pm beginning October 4th and ending November 8th.  If you are interested in signing up for this course, contact Dr. Gu by E-mail.  See the course description page here for more information.

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