Department of Biology


Message from the Chair

Andrew Subudhi

The Department of Biology is one of the largest departments 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, 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. Andrew Subudhi


Faculty Highlights

Dr. Pearson publishes paper

Dr. Lybecker and collaborators receive NIH grant.
Dr. Lybecker, in collaboration with Drs. Jon Skare and Jennifer Hyde at Texas A&M University, receive funding from the NIH to study 'The role of small non-coding RNA in borrelial pathogenesis.'

Dr Mooney receives UCCS award.
Dr. Mooney has been awarded a research seed grant from the Committee on Research and Creative Works. The title of Dr. Mooney's research is 'Early Flowers Bring More Herbivores: Climate-Induced Advances in Phenology Increase Aphid Abundance'

Dr. Hines receives Fulbright Scholar Award.
Dr. Hines will be heading to Bangkok, Thailand on a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2016-2017. During this time she will collaborate with faculty at Kasetsart University to develop and implement innovative pedagogies in science education.

Dr. Subudhi publishes paper
Lawey J.S., Levine, B.D., Williams, M.A., Malm, J., Ecklund, A., Polaner, D.M., Subudhi, A.W., Hackett, P.H., Roach, R.C.  Cerebral spinal fluid dynamics: effect of hypoxia and implications for high-altitude illness. Journal of Applied Physiology, 120(2):251-262.


Volunteer this summer at Rocky Mtn Biological Laboratory
Students and recent graduates who are interested in trying out field research in ecology can volunteer with scientists at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Crested Butte, CO. A variety of research projects for summer 2016 will be posted here Contact Dr. Mooney for more information.

Students with Workstudy
If you have Workstudy and are interested in working in the Biology Department, contact Brent Wallace (255-3206).

Internships for Students
See our new internship tab above. We will list internships as we become aware of them. Internships are offered by an employer (company or organization) to students to work for a fixed time, usually one semester. Because they are positions that are off campus, the Biology Department uses the term Externships. Students may receive credit by enrolling in Externship in Biology, Biol 4710/5710.

B.S. in Exercise Science to be offered
The Department of Biology has partnered with the Department of Health Sciences to offer a BS in Exercise Science starting in the fall of 2016. The degree will blend education in basic and applied science for students seeking careers in sport science and medicine and highlights university relationships with local sport organizations and health care providers.

New course to be offered Fall 2016
Dr. Pigage will be offering Biol 4445/5445 Ecology of Wildlife Disease
New course to be offered Fall 2016
Dr. Pearson will be offering Biol 4370/5370 Cardiovascular Physiology