The Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo is committed to conducting innovative research and providing outstanding instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our Department includes both distinguished faculty and upcoming, cutting-edge researchers who teach and conduct research in life sciences in interdisciplinary fields centered in three areas: Biochemistry of Gene Expression, Molecular Evolution and Genomics, and Sensory Transduction and Development. We have a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching – a substantial number of department faculty have won awards for teaching excellence.
The curriculum of our undergraduate program emphasizes “learning by doing.” Our instructional philosophy of “lead with the lab” allows students at every level to develop critical thinking skills while providing broad, deep and state-of-the art training in all life science disciplines. Our graduate programs offer superior training in a supportive, rigorous research environment. Graduate students in the Department may choose from three unique flexible graduate programs, each designed to prepare students for a variety of careers.
Why Study Biology at UB?
- Ranked as one of the top 50 biology departments in the US by the National Science Foundation and the National Research Council.
- Over 40% of our faculty have received awards for excellence in undergraduate instruction, including the SUNY Chancellors Award, the student-nominated Milton Plesur Award, and the Meyerson Award for teaching and mentoring.
- Our curriculum is centered around providing students with practical training and experience, including opportunities to work with faculty on nationally-recognized research projects.
- Alumni-endowed funding provides our students with research support.
Regardless of their interest or level, students who receive training in the Department of Biological Sciences become a member of our community of scholars, working closely together with us to learn, to advance the field of biology and to obtain a foundation that will allow them to pursue life science-associated careers across the spectrum of public, private, and non-profit sectors.