About the Department of Biology

Mission: The Department of Biology

The guiding principle of the University of North Florida, 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 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.


A New Home for the Department of Biology


Construction is completed on our new $40.5 million Biological Sciences Building. The four-story, 116,500-square-foot building is home to the Biology Department and includes 16 modern teaching labs and 27 faculty research labs. Features of the new building include labs for Aquatic Biology with a seawater system and a specialized necropsy facility where marine mammalogists can examine stranded animals. Faculty research labs are designed for research in virology, ecology, genetics, physiology, and molecular cell biology.


The building also includes three state-of-the-art lecture halls, one large one with 192 seats, a multi-purpose classroom with 48 seats and a 96-seat classrooms with an operable partition to allow the spaces to be divided into two classrooms when needed. There are 37 offices, office support space, and a conference room on each floor.


Wireless Internet is available for all faculty and students throughout the building and in a semi-enclosed courtyard. Every lab is equipped with modern technology and has a seawater supply for both class and aquatic research labs. Additionally, there is a roof-top greenhouse housing plants used in teaching labs as well as living corals and other marine life for use in both teaching and research labs.


Students and faculty are enjoying classes and research in their new lecture halls and laboratories. We welcome you to visit and get a tour of our beautiful new home!


Click on this link to see images of the new building.  BUILDING 59


The UNF Campus is a Living Laboratory

The physical campus is one of UNF’s best resources. With roughly 1,300 acres of scenic land, including the Sawmill Slough Nature Preserve and 18-acre freshwater Lake Oneida, and close proximity to three major bodies of water (the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway), UNF and its nearby coastal habitats are home to great and varied flora and fauna – notably several species of carnivorous plants and endangered gopher tortoises. Faculty members Tony Rossi, Dan Moon and Joe Butler are studying these native plants and animals to learn more about their ecology, habitat management and community dynamics.