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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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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11/19/13 - Sarah Porter, senior biology major with a concentration in zoology, presents her research at the third annual Fall Poster Session in the Bowld Student Commons.  - Anne Richoux
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Sarah Porter, senior biology major with a concentration in zoology, presents her research at the third annual Fall Poster Session in the Bowld Student Commons. - Anne Richoux

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11/19/13 - Josh Brinkman, senior cell and molecular biology major, presents his research at the third annual Fall Poster Session in the Bowld Student Commons.  - Anne Richoux
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Josh Brinkman, senior cell and molecular biology major, presents his research at the third annual Fall Poster Session in the Bowld Student Commons. - Anne Richoux

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10/21/13 - Will Tucker, Kevin Luy, and Mason English, junior molecular biology majors, connect to the online WebEx session for their biochemistry class in Tucker's apartment. - Matt McDaniel
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Will Tucker, Kevin Luy, and Mason English, junior molecular biology majors, connect to the online WebEx session for their biochemistry class in Tucker's apartment. - Matt McDaniel

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Undergraduate Catalogues (.pdf)
Undergraduate Areas of Study
  • Biology-Cell and Molecular Biology**
  • Biology-Conservation Biology
  • Biology-General Biology**
  • Biology-Zoology**
  • Cell and Molecular Biology**, Biology
  • Conservation Biology, Biology
  • General Biology**, Biology
  • Zoology**, Biology

  • * Teacher Licensure Available
  • ** Secondary School Licensure is built around the student's majoring in the teaching field, such as Mathematics, PE, English, etc.
  • *** Indicates area of study available as a minor concentration; all others are available as a major concentration