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Department of Biological Sciences

Our diverse undergraduate programs include General Biology, Pre-Medicine, Molecular Biology, Fisheries and Aquatic Biology, Wildlife Biology, Biology/Secondary Certification and a variety of curricula to support career choices in Pharmacy, Dentistry and Physical Therapy. Of course, these are not the only career opportunities for students with a biology degree; many exist with industry, state and federal government agencies, and academia. Some of the special training for these jobs is reflected by the research interest of our faculty, such as wildlife biology, microbiology, physiological ecology, paleobiology, aquatic ecology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, fisheries biology, taxonomic botany, mammalogy, herpetology, and animal behavior. We are proud of the accomplishments of our graduates. Our department has a high acceptance rate for those applying to medical school, and our students perform exceedingly well on the MCAT test. This is testimony to our rigorous undergraduate curriculum, and the quality of our faculty. The faculty have excellent records in obtaining external grant support for their research. Research is considered an important undergraduate experience, and most faculty sponsor and publish with students in their research programs.

The department is fortunate to have associated with it one of the premiere biological stations in the country. The Hancock Biological Station (HBS), located on Kentucky Lake less than 20 minutes from the campus, is a year-round teaching and research ecosystem facility where students have unique opportunities to interact with faculty and visiting scientists. A variety of field courses is taught each summer at the Station. With the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center, a state-of-the-art satellite imaging lab, and the Chemical Services Laboratory, HBS forms the Center for Reservoir Research, one of the funded Centers of Excellence in the Kentucky State educational system.

We hope you will visit our facilities, and if you have further questions, please feel free to contact my office.

For more information contact: Dr. Claire Fuller, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University, 2112 Biology Building, Murray, KY 42071-3361, (270) 809-2786

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