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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

  • April 18, 2016

    "The Ecology of the Deep Sea: What we have learned from exploration and exploitation" is the subject of the next Biology Seminar, this Friday, April 22. Dr. Erik Cordes of the Department of Biology at Temple University will speak on this topic from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in Room P101 of the Science Complex. Dr. Cordes...

  • October 9, 2015

    Some of the basic methods and procedures utilized in research conducted by Amanda Norvell, PhD, Associate Professor in Biology, were highlighted recently in Drosophila Oogenesis: Methods and Protocols, a book published by Humana Press.

  • September 11, 2015

    Following Wednesday's hot-yet-fun Tri-Beta Peer Mentor Meet and Greet, the remaining dates for Tri-Beta meetings in September have been announced.

  • April 24, 2015

    In the First Annual School of Science Trivia Game, held during Science Week to absolutely and unequivocally determine the Best Department in the School of Science, Biology took home the prize!

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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