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About the Department

Search for life’s secrets, in single cells and across entire ecosystems, in this research-intensive program. From lab-based courses to independent research projects, students collaborate with faculty mentors in a quest for new knowledge. With a broad curriculum, well-equipped labs, and a faculty of wide-ranging expertise, we can accommodate the academic interests and goals of nearly any student.

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  • August 26, 2016

    We hope you had a wonderful, productive and somewhat relaxing summer - and are back ready to tackle another year! The Bio Department has a new Chair: Dr. Keith Pecor is now upstairs in Room 203, so stop by and say hi! Everyone's favorite "Themes in Biology" is now known as "Foundations of Biological Inquiry" and is...

  • August 26, 2016

    The faculty and staff of the Biology Department at TCNJ are pleased to welcome you to your new major “home”! We’re excited about getting to know all 143 of you - and for you to get to know us, and all that we have to offer here in the Biology Department.  Our faculty are excellent; our...

Real Research Partnerships

Our research partnerships are the real deal: Students work alongside faculty as junior collaborators, not passive observers. TCNJ research teams make key scientific contributions, from lab work on cells and genes to fieldwork in local forests and Alaskan lakes. Our students are fully engaged researchers at the forefront of creating new knowledge.

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Culture of Investigation

A spirit of discovery anchors our curriculum. Even courses and labs incorporate research, challenging students to sharpen critical thinking and analytical skills while mastering the use of up-to-date lab equipment. Students build breadth of knowledge through foundation courses and depth through upper-level study in their own area of interest.

Great Labs, Great Access

Everything you need, when you need it. Entrusted with their own keys, our undergraduate researchers get 24/7 access to tremendous research facilities, from cutting-edge molecular biology labs, to confocal and electron microscopes, to a climate-controlled greenhouse. A dedicated biology building boasts 75,000 square feet of teaching and research space.

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