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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 diversity.

Language matters: Considering racial microaggressions in science

Colin Harrison, PhD, Georgia Tech
Kimberly Tanner, PhD, San Francisco State University

Abstract: Join us for an interactive session where we will explore ways in which racial microaggressions manifest themselves in science. We will discuss what microaggressions are and how they effect underrepresented individuals in an academic setting. We will present several examples of microaggressions and discuss general strategies for confronting them. Participants will brainstorm ideas for ways in which they would approach different microaggression scenarios
followed by group discussion.

Lessons from a hot spring: Authentic transformation in the higher education classroom

Bryan Dewsbury, PhD
University of Rhode Island

Abstract: Moments of national reckoning are impactful only so much as our willingness to interpret and act on their lessons. In this discussion, we will revisit the moments of spring 2020 through the lens of racial justice and reimagine our responsibilities as educators shaping students for critical consciousness of their current and future world.

Congratulations Class of 2020

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