Biological Sciences
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Henson School of Science and Technology

Department of Biological Sciences

About the Department

bioseaThe Department of Biological Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in biology and, in cooperation with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a dual-degree in biology and environmental science.

The department’s mission is to provide first-rate educational opportunities for biology and health-discipline majors in preparation for advanced degree work or postgraduate employment. Our degree programs provide students with the knowledge and abilities to apply the scientific process and to think critically about contemporary issues in the biological sciences.

In support of this mission, the department has a comprehensive advising program committed to individual guidance of each student’s academic career. Specialized advising is provided for students who intend to pursue post-graduate work in medical professions, teaching, or graduate school.

“During my years at Salisbury University, I not only found a direction for my life (medicine), but gained the skills ... and abilities to access the field, all while being part of a growing, caring community of students and faculty.”
— Gwynne Harper, Class of 2005

We sponsor a number of social and academic organizations that allow students to share their common interests in biology and interact with faculty and other biology majors outside the classroom. Our weekly seminars provide an opportunity for students to learn about current research being conducted by scientists at other institutions and to make connections for post-graduate studies.

Our department is known for its collegial atmosphere and its student-centered approach in providing excellent classroom instruction and research opportunities.

Undergraduate Research

The Department of Biological Sciences has a strong commitment to undergraduate student research and encourages student participation at local, regional and national science meetings. Research is an increasingly important element in undergraduate education, and it helps our graduates gain admission into graduate and professional schools, and obtain good jobs.

labWe are located in a new, state-of-the- art science building with high-tech equipment, enhanced space and updated teaching facilities.

Cooperative relationships with regional initiatives provide research opportunities for our students and faculty, and increase student employability while meeting the needs of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Salisbury University has embraced the concept of student-centered teaching and views undergraduate research as vital to this goal. SU hosted the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in April 2008.

There are several sources of funding to support student research, including the Henson School of Science Research Grants ($350/semester), University-wide research and travel funds ($500/semester), and grants from the Guerrieri Summer Research Program to support students who are conducting research during the summer. Biology majors are eligible for the prestigious Henson School Scholarships and other scholarships available to SU students.

Academic Program

facultyThe biology curriculum at Salisbury University focuses on the development of knowledge and skills that are important for biologists in the 21st century. This requires a strong background within the discipline, competency in related sciences, and an in-depth knowledge of modern biological concepts and techniques.

The required Biology Core sharpens a student’s focus while developing competence in various sub-disciplines. Upper-level courses and other relevant experiences provide not only depth in the student’s particular area(s) of interest, but also the skills that are necessary to excel in postgraduate life.

“Research has been an important part of life at SU. I helped Dr. Hunter set up a field DNA lab in a cloud forest in Honduras and presented the results at national meetings. Thank you to SU faculty for my research experiences.”
Emily Burnett, Class of 2008

Using state-of-the-art teaching technology and techniques, students learn the core knowledge of the discipline not through memorization, but through application and research activities that are inherent in every course. Finally, students can put what they have learned into practice in an undergraduate research experience or internship. Graduates of our program are broadly trained biologists, and they possess the knowledge and skills vital to postgraduate studies and future employment.

The educational experiences for biology majors at Salisbury University provide them with a strong background on which to build their future and encourage them to become life-long learners.

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