College of Letters & Science: Biological Sciences
The Division of Biological Sciences is one of five divisions in the College of Letters & Science. It includes the departments of Integrative Biology (IB), Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB), and Physical Education. IB and MCB encompass a breadth of disciplines that explore the structure, function, environment, evolution, and classification of diverse organisms, from the building blocks of life to complex ecosystems. Physical Education is comprised of physical activity classes, lectures, and laboratory courses centered on activity, fitness, wellness, multi-cultural learning and interaction. Classes such as the Scientific Diving Program may be used in undergraduate and graduate studies in biology and other disciplines.
Faculty members are affiliated with independent research centers in neuroscience, immunotherapeutics, vaccines and cancer, genomics and the electron microscope laboratories. Specific programs include the Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (CEND), the Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative (IVRI), the Cancer Research Laboratory and the Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI).
Our faculty and students are also associated with three major research museums: the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, the Museum of Paleontology, the University and Jepson Herbaria, and several field research stations which facilitate studies of behavior and marine, fresh water and terrestrial ecology.
Support of these different fields within biology builds our knowledge of the living world and underpins our ability to improve human health and understand our environment. In addition to the division, we welcome gifts to the following: