Department of Biology

Welcome to the Department of Biology

Jeffrey Broker

Message from the Chair

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 common core curriculum courses include two semesters of Introductory Biology (with laboratory sections), Cell Biology, Biology Statistics, 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, molecular biology, epidemiology, animal behavior and ecology. Opportunities to work on research projects with faculty are also available.

The Department of Biology is the largest department at UCCS, with over 700 majors! Biology majors survey the origins, maintenance, and conservation of biological diversity, as well as the molecular, genetic, and cellular bases of life. Students have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics, including the complex interactions that exist among organisms and their environments, as well as the biological processes that underlie molecular and organismic evolution, cellular function, embryonic development, nutrition, exercise science, biomechanics, and human health.

Our majors go on to many different graduate programs and careers including research technicians, medical school, PA school, veterinary school, wildlife conservation and more.

Dr. Jeffrey Broker



Welcome to two new faculty in the Department of Biology. Dr. Meghan Lybecker and Dr.James Pearson. Dr. Pearson is a physiologist who focuses primarily on cardiovascular physiology and thermoregulation. He will be teaching BIOL 3300 Exercise Physiology, BIOL 4360 Human Physiology and BIOL 4010 Seminar in Biology.
Dr. Jackie Berning has left us to become the Chair of Health Sciences in the College of Nursing. Her phone number and email remain the same. She will continue teaching the Biology nutrition courses as well. Dr. Bob Melamede has retired to the lower elevation of Vermont. Congratulations Jackie and Bob.
Reminder about Course number changes
Last year lecture and lab sections were separated for General Biology. BIOL1200 is now BIOL 1300 (lecture) and BIOL 1310 (lab). BIOL 1210 is now BIOL 1350 (lecture) and BIOL 1360 (lab). The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department has changed all of their course numbers as well.
College of Letters, Arts & Sciences | Department of Biology
General Information: (719) 255-3266 | Location: OCSE B-Wing
Chair / Associate Professor: Dr. Jeffrey Broker | Phone: (719) 255-3441 |
Program Assistant: Ruth Jackson | Phone: (719) 255-3266 |