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Welcome to Biology at SSU!

The Department of Biology offers a dynamic learning environment, exciting research and training opportunities and intensive mentoring of students at all levels. Our faculty are not only dedicated educators but also active scholars who engage in primary research to address diverse topics in the biological sciences.

The overall mission of our undergraduate and graduate programs is to educate the next generation of scholars, professionals and citizens so that they are prepared to meet the biological, environmental and technological challenges of the future.

Areas of educational and research activities include ecology, conservation and evolutionary biology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, and physiology.

Please feel free to contact any of the department faculty or staff if you have questions about our programs, or email  


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May 2024

A very Happy Graduation to all our Biology graduates! Best of luck to you as you navigate your post-SSU future!

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March 2024

Registration for Fall 2024 is coming soon! Now is the time to check in with your Biology advisor to make sure you are on track. You can find your advisor on your MySSU account or email to find your advisor!

Dr. Daniel Crocker in a boat in the Arctic
January 2024

The Department of Biology is beyond proud to announce Dr. Daniel Crocker as one of five honorees of the prestigious Wang Family Excellence Award! This award honors exceptional contributions in teaching, scholarship and service to CSU students. Congratulations, Dr. Crocker! 

Nature Magazine Cover February 2024 with mother otter and baby
January 2024

Congratulations to the Biology Department's, Dr. Brent Hughes! His article on top predators slowing down coastal damage is the cover story in the February 2024 edition of Nature magazine! For more on Dr. Hughes and his Lab, please check his website page. Way to go Dr. Hughes!



Biology Department Highlights

Photos and Videos on This Site

All of the photos and videos on this site were taken by the following faculty, staff, students and friends: Gaby Arango, Lisa Bentley, Brennan Chin, Michael Cohen, Abbey Dias, Belle Ehrmantraut, Julieta Gomez, Rosemary Galten, Kandis Gilmore, Julia Graham, Shannon Healy, David Hua, Lisa Hua, Brent Hughes, Fran Keller, Liz Kettmann, Rebecca Kopel, Shannon Lee, Joseph Lin, Aurora Martinez Ricart, Nathan Rank, Alyssa Stadie, Wendy St. John, Kyle Sullivan and Mackenzie Zippay. Contact the Biology Dept. webbuilder if you need more information. 10-13-23