Skip to Content

College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences


  • Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award Biology professor Beth Krizek receives a 2016 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.more

  • Dudycha's Daphnia

    Variation of eye size in a wild population of Daphnia A team led by biology professor Jeff Dudycha recently published a paper showing that larger eye size is the source of a sizable reproductive advantage for a tiny freshwater crustacean.more

  • Mungo Distinguished Professor Award Dr. David Reisman, Professor of Biological Sciences and director of the Center for Colon Cancer Research Tissue Biorepository, is this year's Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor-of-the-Year.more

  • Neural Crest Cells & Pituitary Gland Development Biology professor Shannon Davis is studying the role NCCs play in the formation of pituitary blood vessels. Image shows NCCs (green) streaming into an embryonic mouse head (red).more

  • Effects of Radiation on Evolutionary Change USC Biology Professor Tim Mousseau and Dr. Anders Møller (Université Paris-Sud) by Chernobyl Reactor 4; studying the effects nuclear contamination on barn swallows.more

  • Interactions between Mobile Predators and Stationary Prey Biology Graduate Student Cristián Monaco on the Oregon coast studying effects of environmental stress on interactions between the sea star Pisaster ochraceous and its main food item, the mussel Mytilus californianus.more

More than 50 faculty members teach and train about 1600 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students and provide expertise, facilities, and a flexible curriculum in many fields of biology. The department fosters a mutual respect among faculty and students which enables each student to share knowledge and experience with fellow students, and to draw on the expertise of any professor in the department. Graduates of the department are pursuing careers in academic institutions, research institutes, governmental agencies, health facilities, industry and public education.