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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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Recent News

  • November 16, 2016

    Thinking about engaging in research? Tri-Beta and the Grads Club are holding their always-popular "Informational Session" TODAY, Wednesday Nov 16 in P101 from Noon to 1 pm. The event, consisting of a student panel and discussion with faculty, is designed to answer all those questions you have about doing research, but weren't sure who to ask!

  • November 10, 2016

    Tri-Beta is holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). TASK is specifically asking for any of the following items (no glass please): Boxed Stuffing, Canned Cranberry Sauce, Dry Gravy Mix, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Boxed Corn Bread, Boxed Mac N Cheese, Fruit Singles, Pudding Singles, Chef Boyardee microwave cans, Spaghetti Sauce (no...

  • November 10, 2016

    "Plastics - Habitats, Leachates and Toxicity: What Marine Animals Tell Us" will be the topic addressed by the Biology Department's guest speaker Daniel Rittschof, PhD. The professor of Marine Science and Conservation at Duke University will speak in P101 on Friday, November 11 from 12:30 to 1:30.

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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