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Location: Building 59, Room 1300Phone: (904) 620-2830Web Address: http://www.unf.edu/coas/biology/
Dr. Daniel Moon, Chair
The guiding principle of the Department of Biology is the search for understanding and knowledge through the scientific study of life and the dissemination of this information to students, the scientific community, and the general public. The Department of Biology faculty members teach and conduct research in diverse fields of biology. The strength of the department lies in its broad based academic program, collaborative efforts of faculty, and its integration of undergraduates in all aspects of research. The Department of Biology educates the general student body of UNF in biological principles and seeks to develop an understanding of science, applied writing, mathematics, analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills in the context of biology. We seek to provide individualized attention at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to students interested in careers related to biological science. The department believes that the active involvement in scholarly pursuits of graduate and undergraduate students is the ultimate expression of teaching and learning.
The Biology department is home to over 500 undergraduate majors and more than 50 graduate students. There are six concentrations within the Bachelor of Science degree that allow undergraduate students to customize their degree for their career aspirations. Graduate students can choose either a Master of Science or a Master of Arts degree, both of which have two tracks that allow student to gain experience in an array of sub-disciplines. For all of our students, individual attention and opportunities to conduct research with our faculty are hallmarks of their degree. Biology faculty members are involved in research concerning aquatic and terrestrial ecology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, and microbial studies and have obtained grants from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Agriculture. Our new $40 million Biological Sciences building provides state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including features such as a fully automated greenhouse, a sea water ‘on tap’ system, and a marine mammal necropsy lab to name a few. Our department is also home to the Coastal Biology Flagship program, a vibrant Biomedical Sciences program, and a new Medical Laboratory Sciences program developed in collaboration with area health care facilities.
The department offers two graduate degrees, a Master of Arts and a Master of Science in Biology. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biology degree program is designed primarily to provide secondary school teachers and professionals in environmental fields with advanced training in the biological sciences through extensive coursework. The Master of Science (M.S.) biology degree program is designed to provide graduate students with advanced knowledge, skills and techniques in the biological sciences through coursework and an independent thesis research project.
The Department of Biology offers a Bachelor of Science degree with six areas of concentration: Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Coastal Biology, Coastal Environmental Science, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The Bachelor of Science in Biology is a Selective Admissions degree program. Students must meet certain criteria and then apply. To be accepted, students must have taken General Biology I and II (or equivalents) and General Chemistry I and II (or equivalents) with minimum grades of two B's and two C's in those four courses.
Undergraduate students majoring in another field can choose a minor in Biology or Environmental Science.
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