Faculty in the Biology Department participate in a number of different disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs on campus. Among the programs are:
The Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology major is an interdisciplinary program between the biology and chemistry departments. The program provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of biology and chemistry, as well as the key principles of biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology. There is also a strong emphasis on genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics.
The Biology faculty who currently serve as BCMB program faculty are Drs. Kathleen Dwyer, George Gomez, and Michael Sulzinski.
Neuroscience is a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding the functioning of the nervous system. Neuroscientists work within a diversity of specialties including neuroanatomy, neurobiology, neuropharmacology, neurophysiology and medicine. Depending on course selection, neuroscience students can prepare for medical school, master's, or doctoral training in a variety of fields including biology, psychology, anatomy, pharmacology, toxicology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and medicine. The Biology faculty who currently serve as Neuroscience program faculty are Drs. Robert Waldeck (Program Director), George Gomez, Gary Kwiecinski, and Marc Seid.
Environmental science is a rapidly expanding field covering areas such as environmental toxicology, applied ecology, systems analysis, habitat assessment, conservation biology, restoration ecology, air and water quality monitoring, pollution migration, bioremediation, analytical environmental chemistry, green chemistry, and environmental protection. The program is co-directed by Dr. Michael Carey from the Biology Department (together with Dr. Michael Cann from the Chemistry Department).
The Catholic Studies Program (CSP) seeks to provide every student with the opportunity to engage the Catholic tradition in a deeper and broader way than the typical program of studies can provide. Accordingly, this program casts a wide net over what the Catholic tradition and heritage are and how they interface with human endeavor. Catholic Studies is a specialization built around a multi-disciplinary core that provides a systematic way of integrating the many facets of Catholic tradition with various academic disciplines. Because Catholic tradition is integrally linked to virtually every subject, it can provide a natural integrative coherence for nearly all majors and areas of studies. Thus the CSP provides a good means of organizing many general-education requirements into a unified concentration; it is an attractive academic program for rounding out a student's Catholic higher education.
The program is directed by Dr. Kathleen Dwyer, a Biology faculty member
Latin American Studies
The Latin American Studies Concentration is designed to advance students' awareness and understanding of Latin America. It seeks to provide both broad, general knowledge of the entire Latin American region, and indepth knowledge of specific countries, regional groupings of countries, and cultures both dominant and marginal. The concentration is open to all majors and it consists of courses from a variety of disciplines with a primary focus on Latin America. These courses fulfill general education requirements in the Humanities area (World Languages and History), the Social Sciences area (Political Science), and some of them also carry cultural diversity and writing intensive credit. Supporting courses may fulfill general education requirements in other areas as well. The Latin American Studies Concentration is an attractive complement to many existing majors.
Dr. Janice Voltzow, a Biology faculty member, currently serves as program faculty.