Mission Statement:

The mission of the Department of Biology is to prepare its graduates to participate in scientific endeavors in a productive and ethical manner. Faculty are committed to providing a strong education in the fundamental principles of biology and training in basic field and laboratory research methods and analytical techniques. The Department of Biology presents students with a coherent perspective of the living world they inhabit in a learning environment founded on a broad-based curriculum fostered by a supportive and collaborative faculty and staff. Collectively we engender and nourish life-long learning and encourage service to the university and the broader community.

Situated in the Chihuahuan desert of West Texas, the DDRS provides unique research opportunities for MSU students and faculty.

UGROW  & EURECA Student Research

The Biology Department supports both undergraduate and graduate student research. Visit Faculty Webpages for research project details.

UGROW is a 5 week, interdisciplinary summer program of collaborative research between undergraduates and faculty mentors.

EURECA sponsors student-faculty collaborative efforts during the long semesters.


Tropical Rainforest Ecology

This unique course allows students to explore the tropical rainforests of Central America. It consists of an intensive two week classroom portion followed by an exciting two week stint at research stations operated by ANCON Expeditions in Panama. This course is available in the second summer semester of even-numbered years.  For further details contact Dr. Jon Scales or Dr. William Cook.