Union University

Department of Biology

Department of Biology

The curriculum in biology is designed to acquaint students with living organisms as whole, functioning entities that, in their diversity, share many common features. In addition to providing the scientific background required of all educated citizens, the courses provide a foundation upon which the student may build a graduate program, undertake training in health-related professions, or prepare for secondary-level science teaching. Students also participate in independent research projects. READ MORE

Because contemporary biology leans heavily on mathematics and physical sciences, students majoring in biology should include mathematics and chemistry in the freshman year. In the beginning course BIO 112, students will build a foundation for study of biological processes. Students can proceed to the first 200-level biology course during the second semester of the freshman year. In the sophomore year, students will continue the survey of the kingdoms of life by taking additional 200-level biology courses. Students should strengthen their understanding of mathematics and obtain a background in organic chemistry during that year. Biology courses at the 300-400 level, as well as our research sequence, should be taken during the junior and senior years, with seminar reserved for the senior year. Students will examine in detail how organisms function, and interact with their environment and each other. Biology majors are encouraged to minor in chemistry.

Upper-level students may enroll in marine biology, ecological, and behavioral courses by cooperative agreement with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. For information, see the Department Chair.

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4/29/14 - Brooklin Byrd, senior biology major, thanks the people who contributed to her investigation of eastern screech owls’ nesting preferences during her presentation at the annual Scholarship Symposium. - Jacob Moore
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Brooklin Byrd, senior biology major, thanks the people who contributed to her investigation of eastern screech owls’ nesting preferences during her presentation at the annual Scholarship Symposium. - Jacob Moore

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4/29/14 - Joshua French, senior cell and molecular biology major, presents on the relationship between water chemistry and the presence of Eustronglides at the annual Scholarship Symposium. - Jacob Moore
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Joshua French, senior cell and molecular biology major, presents on the relationship between water chemistry and the presence of Eustronglides at the annual Scholarship Symposium. - Jacob Moore

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4/29/14 - Shelby Priddy, senior cell and molecular biology major, answers questions after her presentation on antibiotics acting against Serratia Marcescens at the annual Scholarship Symposium. - Jacob Moore
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Shelby Priddy, senior cell and molecular biology major, answers questions after her presentation on antibiotics acting against Serratia Marcescens at the annual Scholarship Symposium. - Jacob Moore

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11/19/13 - Chelsea Cothran, senior biology major with a concentration in zoology, talks with Chris LaFever about her research during the third annual Fall Poster Session. - Anne Richoux
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Chelsea Cothran, senior biology major with a concentration in zoology, talks with Chris LaFever about her research during the third annual Fall Poster Session. - Anne Richoux

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Undergraduate Areas of Study
  • Botany
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • General Biology#
  • Zoology

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  • # This major is available also with Discipline-Specific Honors

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