At the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), the Department of Biology represents the largest and fastest growing department with respect to the number of undergraduate majors. Our mission is to provide excellent classroom teaching integrated with relevant research and practical experiences that will prepare students to be innovative and knowledgeable professionals in the biological sciences, as well as critical thinkers and engaged citizens. We offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) degrees, with emphasis in the following options: ecology and evolution, exercise science, human biology (B.S. only), and molecular and cellular biology. In conjunction with the College of Education, students can specialize in K-12 biology education.
We are located in the state-of-the-art Osborne Center for Science and Engineering, which contains technology-equipped laboratories and classrooms. It represents the largest (156,000 sq. ft.) and most innovative academic and research building on campus. It houses the departments of biology, physics, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and the Institute for Science and Space Studies. This cooperative research space provides many interdisciplinary opportunities for students, faculty and the community.
The building achieved a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and is part of UCCS's sustainability program.
Our undergraduate curriculum was designed to provide students with a foundation in the biological sciences, as well as to foster an appreciation for the diversity of living organisms and the processes that sustain them. The core curriculum courses include two semesters of Introductory Biology (with laboratory sections), Cell Biology, Biology Statistics, Evolution, Biochemistry, Genetics and Senior Seminar. The diversity of research specialties among our faculty provides the opportunity to offer of a wide range of elective courses, including neurobiology, nutrition, exercise physiology, developmental biology, epidemiology, animal behavior and ecology. Opportunities to work on research projects with faculty are also available.
Many of our graduates have either gone directly into the workforce or pursued advanced degrees in health- or biology-related fields. Below is a list of some of the places that our alumni have gone.