Biology (BIOL)College of Chemical and Life Sciences
2227 Biology-Psychology Building, 301-405-6904
Chair: G. Wilkinson (Prof)
Professors: G. Borgia, C. Carr, A. Cohen, M. Colombini, J. Dietz, W. Fagan, C. Fenster, D. Inouye, W. Jeffery, T. Kocher, R. Payne, A. Popper, M. Reaka, S. Sukharev, S. Via
Associate Professors: I. Ades, A. Bely, K. Carleton, M. Cummings, M. Dudash, I. Forseth, E. Haag, W. Higgins, K. Lips, C. Machado, E. Quinlan, J. Simon
Assistant Professors: R. Araneda, D. Butts, C. Castillo-Davis, P. Kanold, N. Kraft (Visit Asst Prof), J. Singer (Asst Prof), D. Soares
Instructors: J. Opoku-Edusei
Lecturers: R. Compton (Senior Lect), R. Infantino (Senior Lect), B. Parent
Professors Emeriti: G. Anastos, E. Clark, J. Corliss, D. Gill, A. Haley, R. Highton, S. Pierce
The Department of Biology is committed to an integrative understanding of organisms ranging from processes occurring at the level of molecules to human impacts on global ecological processes. This integrative approach is evident in the variety of courses we offer. Courses offered by Biology may focus on the function of molecules or cells (e.g. Membrane Biophysics, Mammalian Histology, Neurophysiology), on the integration of organ systems (e.g. Vertebrate form and function, Mammalian Physiology), on the interaction of organisms with each other and their environment (e.g. Animal Behavior, Plant Ecology, Population Ecology), on evolutionary process and diversification (e.g. Principles of Evolution), and/or on the relationship between humans and their environment (e.g. Biology of Conservation and Extinction). In addition to a strong foundation in basic biology, our faculty provide students interested in medical careers with courses that discuss medical applications (Biology of Cancer, Diseases of the Nervous System) and evolutionary considerations. Our program has particular strengths in neuroscience, evolutionary developmental biology, and ecology. Our diverse faculty, and our linkages with other institutions such as the National Institutes of Health and the Smithsonian institution, provide students with a wealth of research opportunities to prepare them for careers in medicine, conservation biology, public policy, and more.
Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym(s): BSCI, BIOL, NACS, BISI
Program Learning Outcomes
Requirements for the Major
See Biological Sciences Program elsewhere in this chapter, or contact the Department of Biology Undergraduate Office.
Students are assigned an advisor based on their area of specialization. The Department of Biology faculty coordinate and advise students who specialize in Physiology and Neurobiology (PHNB), Ecology and Evolution (ECEV), and the Environmental Science and Policy - Biodiversity & Conservation Biology concentration (ENSP-BIOD). Contact the Department of Biology Undergraduate Office, 405-6904, for information about advising or to schedule an appointment. For advising in other Biological Sciences Specialization areas, see the Biological Sciences Program listing in this catalog.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
The biology department offers a wealth of undergraduate research opportunities.Students doing undergraduate research with a Biology Department faculty member serving as advisor or co-advisor may sign up for credit under BSCI399 or BSCI399H, or may do research on a volunteer basis. More general information on research opportunities in the Biological Sciences may be found at: http://chembio.umd.edu/undergraduateprograms/researchandinternships
The Department of Biology Honors Program offers highly motivated and academically qualified students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on an original, independent research project. Students are required to participate in the program for at least three semesters and need not have been admitted to the Honors College in order to participate. Contact the undergraduate office for more information.