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About Our Department

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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.

Program Offerings
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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.

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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.