Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT -- Graduate Education

The Department of Biological Sciences is dedicated to the successful integration of nationally & internationally recognized research programs with excellence in graduate education.  The Department recognizes the need for constant evaluation in an effort to adopt and take advantage of ever-emerging trends in research and teaching which enables all faculty and students to keep pace with advances and knowledge in the biological sciences.  Additionally, the Department recognizes the complexity of biological sciences and their relationship to other physical sciences and math leading to incorporation of interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching.  

One of our missions is to help our students develop the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to pursue a myriad of careers in biomedical and environmental sciences. We strive to provide every student with the opportunity to learn modern biological science so he or she may become an informed citizen capable of understanding current issues facing humanity. We provide effective, high-quality courses that foster understanding of foundational and advanced concepts in the biological sciences, develop the analytical skills necessary to examine evidence critically, and teach critical-thinking skills needed to formulate independent judgments. Last, we recognize that effective learning in the graduate environment requires providing students with ample opportunities to learn research methods, data analysis, and formulation and testing of hypotheses. 

The Department’s research effort strives to contribute significantly to the accumulation, dissemination, and synthesis of knowledge in the biological sciences.  To this end, the Department is committed to creating and fostering state-of-the-art graduate programs for Masters and Doctoral students through our Graduate Program in Biology.   Our commitment to interdisciplinary research has led to the development of three primary research foci in Molecular Cell Biology, Ecology and Evolution, and Computational Neuroscience.   Department faculty members have three fundamental responsibilities within the university community and beyond, namely, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service.    Teaching includes lecturing and mentoring in the classroom, presenting seminars, guiding individual student projects, and research training of undergraduate & graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Scholarship includes the investigation, integration, and application of principles and concepts of the discipline, and presentation of scholarly research via professional literature and conferences.    Service includes service to the community at all levels and to make available our expertise so the academic and public communities may be served, enriched and enlightened.