Jun 21, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 

Biological Sciences (BIOS)

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The Department of Biological Sciences offers a B.S. degree which can be used to prepare for graduate studies in the biological sciences and to gain licensure to teach general science and biology at the middle school and high school levels. It has been designed so students can conveniently obtain a minor in chemistry. A departmental honors program is available for outstanding students.

The department also offers a minor in biological sciences and several courses that can be used by non-majors toward fulfilling the science area requirement in the university’s general education program. In addition, courses offered by the department are required in several majors across the university and in the interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies. Students in preprofessional health-related programs are required to have course work in the biological sciences. Students interested in pursuing such careers should seek assistance early in their studies from a pre-professional adviser in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. (See “Pre-professional Studies.”)

Biological Sciences Faculty

Barrie P. Bode, Ph.D., University of Florida, professor, chair
Nicholas A. Barber, Ph.D., University of Missouri, St. Louis, assistant professor
Richard J. Becker, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, facilities and microbiology manager
C. Jackson Bennett, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, adjunct professor
Neil W. Blackstone, Ph.D., Yale University, professor
Jozef J. Bujarski, Ph.D., Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland), Distinguished Research Professor
Ana Calvo, Ph.D., University of Alcala (Madrid), Presidential Teaching Professor
Melvin Duvall, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, St. Paul, professor
Sherine Elsawa, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, assistant professor
Kenneth W. Gasser, Ph.D., Washington State University, associate professor
Stuart Hill, Ph.D., University of Montana, adjunct professor
Gabriel P. Holbrook, Ph.D., University of York (U.K.), associate professor
Mitrick A. Johns, Ph.D., University of Oregon, associate professor
Holly Jones, Ph.D., Yale University, assistant professor
Bethia H. King, Ph.D., Purdue University, professor
Richard B. King, Ph.D., Purdue University, Distinguished Research Professor
Rangaswamy Meganathan, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Distinguished Research Professor
Jon Miller, Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Presidential Engagement Professor
Virginia L. Naples, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, professor
Karen Samonds, Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, assistant professor
Thomas L. Sims, Ph.D., University of Oregon, associate professor
Paul D. Sorensen, Ph.D., University of Iowa, adjunct professor
Joel P. Stafstrom, Ph.D., University of Colorado, associate professor
Wes Swingley, Ph.D., Arizona State University, assistant professor
Ronald Toth, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, adjunct professor
Linda Yasui, Ph.D., Florida State University, associate professor
Yanbin Yin, Ph.D., Peking University (Beijing, China), assistant professor
Jerrold H. Zar, Ph.D., University of Illinois, adjunct professor
Shengde Zhou, Ph.D., Auburn University, associate professor

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