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Dr. Maureen Romine, Department Chair
Ivan Hilton Science Building, Room 324,
FAX: 505-454-3103


The Department of Biology values teaching and research as equal and essential components of the education of our students and seeks to integrate research with teaching at every possible opportunity in the curriculum. Housed in the Ivan Hilton Science Center, students enjoy modern laboratories and instrumentation.

The department offers both BA and BS programs in biology. A recommended curriculum /or plan of study, is available for all degrees.

For those with an interest in teaching with an emphasis in science, other options, aside from earning a degree in biology, include a BA in general science for secondary school teachers (Grades 7 – 12), a minor in general science for elementary school teachers (Grades K – 5), or a combined science minor.


Mission of the Biology Program

The mission of the Biology Program is to provide students with a high quality education that includes experience with research and field projects. The program provides a scientific and technical background that empowers students to successfully pursue science and technology careers or proceed to advanced graduate studies. Faculty strives to make each student’s educational experience challenging and rewarding.

The Biology Program prides itself on its ability to place students into bioscience careers. Data suggest that our graduates are highly successful in being admitted to and completing medical, dental, and veterinary schools and graduate programs nationwide. The department attributes this success to intensive biology laboratory and field experiences with cutting-edge technology and instructors committed to individual student progress. Facilities include laboratories in physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, plant biology, and a greenhouse, as well as nearby field sites for ecological research. A computer laboratory with bioinformatics software is available for classes and student use. Students majoring in biology are taught the practical use of common scientific instrumentation they will encounter in their careers. All biology students seeking a BS are required to complete an undergraduate research project that provides students with a realistic perspective of biology and how scientific investigations are conducted.


Some careers where a biology degree is appropriate are:

Some careers where a biology degree is appropriate are:

Medicine                                    Optometry/Ophthalmology

Dentistry                                    Occupational therapy

Pharmacy                                    Veterinary medicine

Physical therapy                        Medical technology

Bioengineering                         Wildlife Conservation





This program is under the College of Arts and Sciences