College of Arts & Science at Miami University
If you're interested in the science of living things, then we have it covered at Miami University. Housed in Pearson Hall, our biological science departments offer dozens of courses that represent all aspects of biology and we offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Faculty and students in the departments often collaborate on research projects that span more than one of the disciplines.
Department of Botany
The Department of Botany (BOT) offers a modern curriculum in plant biology. Plants provide medicinal compounds, shelter, fuel, food, and oxygen, and support the existence of life on Earth. Faculty and students (undergraduate and graduate) in the department study plants at scales from the molecule to the ecosystem. We provide students with high-quality classroom experiences with opportunities for research in the laboratory and field.
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Department of Microbiology
The Department of Microbiology (MBI) offers core courses in general microbiology, microbial physiology, and molecular biology. Undergraduate students begin taking courses in the major in their first semester and have numerous opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research projects. Research interests include immunology, molecular biology, microbial ecology, microbial genetics, microbial physiology, pathogenic microbiology, bacterial cell biology, bioinformatics, medical mycology, and virology.
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Department of Zoology
The Department of Zoology (ZOO) explores the biology of animals from DNA to ecosystems. As one of the largest departments at the university (and one of the largest of such programs in the nation), we are able to offer a wide range of courses and research opportunities — from cellular and molecular biology, to physiology and neuroscience, to conservation and environmental biology.
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In addition, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers degree programs in biochemistry, which is the study of the chemical processes in all living organisms. Biochemistry deals with understanding how biological molecules, including nucleic acids and proteins, give rise to the processes that occur within living cells, which in turn relates to understanding whole organisms.