The Department

Biology Department

A premier teaching and research department

With nearly 1,400 Biology and Neuroscience undergraduate majors, 29 tenure-track faculty, nine lecturers, four research faculty and six postdoctoral scholars, the Department of Biology is one of the premier teaching and research units on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Impactful research

Tenure-track faculty conduct internationally recognized research in the sub-disciplines of:

  • Molecular Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Interaction Ecology
  • Behavior, Behavioral Ecology and Genetics
  • Neural Development
  • Chemical and Cellular Biology

These research efforts are funded by numerous federal and state agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A strong foundation for science students

The Biology curriculum provides students with a strong foundation for either a career in the biological sciences upon graduation, or for further professional training in fields such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, conservation biology, wildlife biology, and biotechnology.

Many of our undergraduates carry out original research projects and earn post-graduate degrees in the biological sciences and related fields. The Department also includes faculty members whose primary responsibilities are to teach and advise undergraduate students, and our lecturer/advisors are at the forefront of new and innovative pedagogies for preparing undergraduates for successful career paths in the biological sciences.

The Department has its own M.S. degree awarding program and also actively participates in the largest and most prestigious interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs on the UNR campus: the interdisciplinary Programs in Molecular Biosciences (MB), and Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB).