Department of Biological Sciences

Explore these pages to learn more about academic programs, courses, faculty,  experiential learning, and research opportunities in the Department of Biological Sciences!


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Our faculty have a wide breadth of expertise, spanning molecular and cell biology, physiology, botany, zoology, ecology and evolution. This breadth is represented in foundational courses and upper-level offerings; labs associated with these courses ensure that students have practical experience in experimental design within a specific subject. Upper level students can create their own experiential learning projects, with the support of their departmental advisors, that allow them to explore the intersections between their passions and coursework. Recent projects include lab research at Quinnipiac and at sites as distant as New Zealand, participation in service trips to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, working at zoos and national parks, and shadowing medical and dental professionals. We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about our academic programs, courses, opportunities for experiential learning, and faculty.


Exploring Water & Ecology in Morocco

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​The Women’s & Gender Studies Program Announces University-wide Logo Competition

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is seeking community input to design a new logo to go along with the University’s lettering. Anyone in the Quinnipiac community is welcome to submit a design to the WGS director, Lauren Sardi, at

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YAWP! Writer’s Series- FALL 2021

Yawp! Writer’s Series: An Open Dialogue on Creativity and the Arts: FALL 2021

Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518

 These events are free and open to the public.

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Project Green Challenge

Project Green Challenge, a 30-day journey of sustainability, climate advocacy and life-changing education.

The Project Green Challenge is a 30-day challenge taking place in the month of October (1-30). Each day during the month of October, a uniquely themed challenge …

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4+1 BS/MS (Molecular and Cell Biology) Info Sessions

If you are an undergraduate who is considering opportunities to extend your science degree, consider attending the upcoming info sessions on our dual-degree BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology (4+1) program. One of the unique features of our …

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Featured Classes

BIO 205: Bioethics

Prof. Dr. Craig Magie
This course explores major ethical issues arising from advances in biomedical technology, such as when human life begins, the ethics…

BIO 250: Biology Journal Club

Prof. Dr. Catherine Takizawa
Bio 250 is a scientific journal club in which students will present published research papers to their peers, providing the…

BIO 317/317L: Developmental Biology

Prof. Dr. Craig Magie
This course is an introduction to the basic developmental processes that enable a single cell to differentiate and create entire…

BIO 323/323L: Invertebrate Zoology

Prof. Dr. Dennis Richardson
This course introduces the basic adaptive features of the major invertebrate groups with emphasis on structure, classification, ecology and evolution,…

BIO 329: Neurobiology

Prof. Dr. Lise Thomas
This course provides an introduction to molecular, cellular and organismal neuroscience. After exploring basic topics including electrical excitability, neurotransmitters and…

BIO 471/471L: Molecular Genetics

Prof. Dr. Charlotte Hammond
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of DNA manipulation that is involved in modern molecular biology, including…

BIO 383: Evolution

Prof. Dr. Sarah Lawson
This course examines the mechanisms of evolutionary change and surveys the evolutionary and phylogenetic history of life on earth. Because…

BIO 385, 498 and 499: Explorations in Biology and Independent Study in the Biological Sciences

For an overview of Experiential Learning in the Department of Biological Sciences, Click here. BIO 385 is a hybrid course…

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Career Resources

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Bioanthropology Research Institute (Imaging Science and Bioarchaeology)

Gain real, hands-on research lab and field experience, such as examine Bronze Age cremations in Hungary, use microCT to exam …


BioCT is the bioscience industry voice for the state of Connecticut.  BioCT is dedicated to growing the vibrant bioscience ecosystem …

Biology Department Study Away

Yes, it is possible to study abroad as a Biology Major! Biology majors have recently studied abroad in Ireland, Australia, New …

Bobcat Connect

Bobcat Connect is an easy-to-use platform for informal mentorship, networking and career support — designed exclusively for Quinnipiac students and alumni …

Career Competencies

Want to know what employers want? The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) publishes an annual list created by …

Academic Resources

CAR 295 - Internship for Credit

The CAR295: CAREER PRACTICUM course, which gives course credit for internships.


Student Incident Policy (Accident and Injury)

Approved policy for Quinnipiac University students who are involved in an accident or suffer an injury while participating in a …

IDEAL Courses

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a number of courses that focus on people in societies who have been …

Tips for Requesting a Letter of Recommendation:

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Course Catalog
Biology Department Anticipated Course Offerings

In addition to their core requirements, Biology majors take classes in three disciplinary areas (Cell/Molecular, Organismal, and Physiology) and are …

Graduate School Preparation

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STEM Graduate Fellowships and Postdoc Opportunities

The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) …

This site offers a large list of graduate schools! Thousands of options at hundreds of colleges and universities, across masters …

Fellowships and Grants for Graduate Study
College scholarships and grants, graduate fellowships, summer research internships and postdoctoral awards
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Professional Associations


BioCT is the bioscience industry voice for the state of Connecticut.  BioCT is dedicated to growing the vibrant bioscience ecosystem …

The American Federation of Teachers

The AFT was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.7 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.

Teach For America

Our people start in low-income classrooms, where the stakes are high. We help them become teachers who can expand students’ …

The American Society of Human Genetics

The American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide.

The American Institute of Biological Sciences

The AIBS is a nonprofit scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Society’s mission is to advance the science of biochemistry and molecular biology.