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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.


Thinking About Fall Internships? Is Your Resume Ready to Beat the ATS?

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​Opportunity for SHS and CAS seniors in Spring 2022–Capstone with travel to Ghana

For this School of Health Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences capstone, we will travel to Ghana in January 2022 for two weeks prior to the start of the Spring 2022 semester. The capstone course will be taken as …

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Natasha Shah, Chemistry, Class of 2021

Why did you pick your major?

This is actually a really interesting question: I actually did not enter Quinnipiac as a Chemistry major. I came into the university as an undeclared science major. My passion for science began early in …

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Rachel Reyes, Biology, Class of 2021

Hi! My name is Rachel Reyes and I am a Biology major here at QU. I also minor in Chemistry and Psychology with a Pre-Health Concentration. Currently, I am starting my MBA here at QU as well, on the Health …
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Think Like A Recruiter To Prepare For Your Next Interview

One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to think like a recruiter. Not sure how to do this? One great way is to read what THEY read. For every article you Google seeking advice on how …

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Featured Classes

BIO 240: Cell Communication

Prof. Dr. Craig Magie
This class focuses on the molecular mechanisms by which cells communicate with each other. Using examples from both prokaryotes and…

BIO 250: Biology Journal Club

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

BIO 282/282L: Genetics

Prof. Drs. Caitlin Hanlon and Tom Torello
This course considers the basic principles of inheritance, including data analysis and problem-solving skills. Students gain laboratory experience with a…

BIO 300/300L (Special Topics): Vertebrate Zoology

Prof. Dr. Scott Davies
This course examines the origin, diversity, adaptations, and natural history of the main vertebrate lineages: fishes, amphibians, reptiles (including dinosaurs…

BIO 346/346L: Cell Physiology

Prof. Dr. Catherine Takizawa
This course examines the physiology of the cell with emphasis on the structure and function of the eukaryotic cell. Topics…

BIO 350: Cardiovascular Physiology

Prof. Dr. Michelle Geremia
The focus of this course is to advance the study of the mammalian heart. This clinically-oriented course examines the structure…

BIO 375/375L: Physiological Models for Human Disease

Prof. Dr. Courtney McGinnis
This course investigates cellular and molecular mechanisms of animal physiology using a variety of animal model systems including Drosophila melanogaster…

BIO 385, 498 and 499: Experiential Inquiry 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…

CAR 150 – Introduction to Excel

Interested in becoming an Excel power user? Consider the online course CAR-150: Intro to Excel. You’ll be amazed how useful…

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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:

Ask those who know you and also can evaluate your capabilities. Ask the …
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
Free financial aid for HS seniors, college freshmen, …

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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.