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Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University offers a comprehensive education that spans the contemporary biological sciences. With more than 800 students pursuing degrees in biology, faculty and students work in close collaboration in the classroom, in the field, and in research laboratories. Upper-division classes are small, and many biology courses have hands-on laboratory sections that provide inquiry-based learning and educational experiences that benefit students professionally.


Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Science Building RM 107

Department of Biological Sciences'

Reintegration Plan

Science Building Hours

    • Public: 7AM-6PM
    • Individuals with Valid BSU ID: 7AM-10PM
    • Individuals with Authorized Proxy Access: 12AM-11:59PM

DBS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Opportunities

Original presentations from the SABER seminar series: “A call to action: Striving for racial justice in academic biology.”

Visit the SABER link below to attend more upcoming virtual sessions this fall!

SABER’s Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Series

Actionable steps toward equity in STEM 

Starlette Sharp, Penn State University,
John Matsui, PhD, UC Berkeley

Abstract:  In this interactive discussion, using a combination of presentations, case studies, and breakouts, you will work with colleagues to develop and refine your command of Conceptual Frameworks and the Challenges and Opportunities relevant to our work to make our disciplines more inclusively excellent. Rather than promising ‘answers’ or a ‘tool box,’ our goal is for you to leave the workshop with concepts and critical questions that will help you see the problem with
‘new eyes,’ hopefully enabling you to more effectively identify and change existing practices, policies, beliefs, and assumptions that maintain inequities in STEM.

Race REALLY matters 

David Asai, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Abstract:  There is a great pandemic raging in our country. The roots of the pandemic have been lurking for a long time, but many of us were not affected by it until a few
months ago. The pandemic strikes down innocent persons, often unsuspecting, and
its widespread unpredictability makes it unsafe for persons to be in our classrooms,
in our laboratories, and on our campuses. For many victims, their last thought is “I
can’t breathe.” This is the pandemic of racism. Race is a social construct, defined
by the White center to determine who belongs and who does not, who is able
to access all of the advantages and who remains an “Other.” Whiteness brings
privilege, Othering means exclusion. Science and scientists have played central
roles in enabling Othering and racism. Acknowledging the pandemic presents an
opportunity for real change in science education. For us to realize that opportunity,
it is important that we examine some of the data, critically examine our current
approaches to advancing diversity, and find new strategies that will lead to inclusive

Congratulations Class of 2020

A special message for our graduating class of 2020 from your faculty and advisors.

Program Offerings

The bachelor’s degree in biology provides students with the intellectual and technical skills to succeed in a multitude of careers (e.g., medicine, forensics, genetics, laboratory sciences, natural resources management, animal biology, plant biology, etc.). Students gain an understanding of living organisms, of how organisms interact with their environment, and of the process of biological investigation. The curriculum provides students with a knowledge base in molecular, cellular, organismal, ecological, and evolutionary biology, as well as allowing emphasis in the cellular, molecular and biomedical area, the ecology, evolution, and behavior area, and the secondary education field.

In addition, we offer master’s degrees (MA, MS) in Biology, and are the home to the only MS Raptor Biology graduate program in the country. We are also proud to offer interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Biomolecular Sciences, and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Which brings faculty from across multiple academic departments, research centers, and agencies to provide students with a unique and rewarding graduate program experience.