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About Biological Sciences

Lefevre HallThe Division of Biological Sciences is in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri. We are a collegial, energetic, and diverse community of researchers dedicated to scientific discovery and to training and educating the next generation of biologists.

Research in the Division spans all levels of biological organizations, from molecules to ecosystems, using a diversity of organisms and modern approaches. Areas of particular research strength include Behavior, Cell Biology, Development, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics & Genomics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Plant Biology, and Quantitative & Computational Biology. The extent of interdisciplinary research and the absence of departmental boundaries among disciplines in the life sciences is a hallmark feature of our campus.

We have strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Our undergraduate program — the largest in the College of Arts and Sciences — provides both majors and non-majors a strong foundation in general biology and emphasizes the excitement of discovery and the development of individual creativity and critical reasoning skills. Graduate students learn diverse scientific approaches for studying the natural world, for recognizing new relationships and patterns, and for defining new questions and areas of scientific inquiry. Students at all levels are attracted to our very flexible programs of study and the integration of faculty research into the curriculum.

The Division of Biological Sciences is comprised of 40 active research and teaching faculty with a sizeable contingent of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows housed in three buildings: Tucker Hall, Lefevre Hall, and the Life Sciences Center.