Biology

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 theTennessee 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.

What is Biology?

Biology is the study of living organisms at all levels. Because of the complexity and amazing diversity of living organisms, biology is divided into a number of disciplines. The Biology Degree at Tennessee Tech provides students with general courses needed to understand the basic concepts and principles on which these disciplines are based, as well as advanced coursework in a wide variety of these disciplines.

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.

Why Study Biology?

Biology is the study of living organisms at all levels. Because of the complexity and amazing diversity of living organisms, biology is divided into a number of disciplines. 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. Recent graduates have been employed within various government agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Tennessee Valley Authority, National Park Service, and numerous state wildlife and fisheries agencies, park services, departments of health and the environment, and regulatory agencies. Additionally, many graduates go on to graduate and professional schools, such as medical, pharmacy, and physician assistant schools.

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