Department of Biological Sciences
Providing a strong foundation in both traditional and modern areas of biology prepares students for careers in the biological sciences. Careers for our typical graduates span the spectrum from professional study at graduate, medical, dental or other health-related schools to technical positions in biology-related fields in industry or government.
All majors in Biological Sciences are afforded the opportunity to focus their education on their specific career goals through the selection of elective courses while affording the flexibility to adjust that goal with all curricula having common core courses and requirements. Each student is expected to perform a research project as a graduation requirement (Capstone) and to participate in journal clubs, summer internships and attend seminars.
The goals of our Department enable students to:
- Develop a clear and unbiased method of investigative thought;
- Develop an appreciation for and an understanding of the natural world;
- Develop a knowledge of biological principles that a modern citizen needs to make intelligent and effective decisions and adjustments to the demands of life;
- Communicate ideas and concepts competently;
- Succeed in advanced study and diverse careers requiring bioscience expertise.
The faculty in Biological Sciences have continued to expand their research programs, which allows participation in research projects, the centerpiece of successful scientific careers. All students are required to do a Capstone research project and are encouraged to become involved in research projects as early as possible to develop a strong scientific foundation.
Biomedical Research & Biochemistry
Biomedical research at DSU, a collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavor, is primarily at the molecular, cellular and biochemical level and is focused on neuroscience, cancer biology and virology, biomedical imaging, bioinformatics and computational biology.
Our faculty is committed to providing all students with the scientific knowledge and research opportunities that are essential components of a strong education as you prepare for a professional career. Our philosophy is to provide the opportunity and support so that each student develops integrative thinking, hands-on operational skills and the broad-based knowledge needed for success in the global society.
STUDENT SUCCESS & RESOURCES
We look forward to helping you achieve your career goals by working with you to optimize your college experience and building a strong academic foundation for your future. We will provide you with important departmental information and learn about your career goals so that your academic schedule for the upcoming year can be established. You will be regularly advised by the Advisement Center and/or a Departmental Faculty Advisor so that your courses are adjusted to complement your career goals and any curricula changes as you progress through the program. We regularly provide students with presentations on the exciting opportunities and resources available within Biological Sciences on the DSU campus and on professional opportunities external to DSU.