The Department of Biology is committed to the study of living organisms through teaching, research, and public service. The Department is staffed with nearly 20 faculty members representing various subject areas in biology and three permanent support staff personnel. In addition, several research associates are supported with outside contracts and grants. Adjunct faculty members from state and federal agencies also teach courses in their areas of expertise. Approximately 500 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students are enrolled in programs within the Department.
The Department houses the federally- and state-funded Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit and interacts with the TTU Center for the Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources housed in the College of Engineering. The Department also is affiliated with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Personnel from these units provide additional expertise in a wide range of biological disciplines.