The Department of Biology at Tennessee Tech provides all the tools and opportunities needed for the academic development of a professional in a wide range of careers within the biological sciences. The Department also offers a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, which is the study of animal populations and the applied use of ecological principles to manage these populations. Students can choose from seven programs offered in the biology degree: Botany, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Environmental Biology, Health Sciences Biology, Microbiology, Marine Biology, and Zoology. Students seeking a Wildlife and Fisheries Science degree can choose from three concentrations: Conservation Biology, Fisheries Science, and Wildlife Science. Graduate degrees offered include a Master’s Degree in Biology and a PhD. in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Biology. All programs are administered by and courses are taught by a caring faculty whose primary mission is to teach students.
The Department of Biology is committed to the study of living organisms through teaching, research, and public service. The Department is staffed with 21 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 550 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students are enrolled in programs within the Department.
The Department also houses the federally-funded and state-funded Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit and interacts with the Tennessee Tech Center for the Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources. 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.