Welcome to the Department of Biology
Biology is a natural science studying life and living things, from microscopic cells to complex life forms and expansive ecosystems. The study of biology is extensive in scope – playing a role in disciplines like medicine, archaeology and chemistry – and provides an avenue for scientists and researchers to study, nurture and explore life.
At USD, our faculty contribute cutting-edge research and insightful scholarship to this field, bringing their expertise to publications, conferences and the classroom. With a small student-faculty ratio, our undergraduate and graduate students benefit from personalized attention and the opportunity to conduct research alongside experts. In our robust research labs and facilities, you'll find students and faculty studying molecular biology, stress physiology and conservation biology as they find answers to pressing questions in our region and world. With innovative classes and many out-of-class experiences, our department prepares students to do research, practice and teach in a wide variety of careers relating to biology, as well as medical, professional and graduate programs.
Join our community of researchers, scientists and mentors in the Department of Biology at USD.