Biological Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University. We are a large, active department focused on the science of life with multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs and a strong research mission. Students and faculty conduct original research to address pressing concerns ranging from human disease to ecology. We offer a wide array of coursework for both majors and non-majors including unique study abroad opportunities.
Biological Sciences

About Us

Our department is home to over 1100 undergraduate majors (4th largest at Kent State) and internationally recognized faculty. It has formalized relationships and internship opportunities with Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Holden Arboretum, and the University of Costa Rica as well as interactions with the School of Biomedical Sciences, Oak Clinic, the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic.

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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a stimulating Undergraduate Biology Program that includes a Bachelor of Arts in Biology or a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Botany, Environmental and Conservation Biology, Medical Technology, and Zoology.  We offer a variety of exciting courses, including study abroad, as well as undergraduate research opportunities.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Cell Biology (to be renamed Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics), Ecology (to be renamed Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), and Physiology (to be renamed Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology) that reflect the research expertise of our faculty. We also offer an innovative coursework-based Master of Arts (MA) degree. Students interested in the MS and PhD programs have the opportunity to engage in research with internationally recognized faculty. In addition to our more biomedical research-based programs in Cell Biology and Physiology, students interested a degree in Biomedical Sciences can apply to graduate school through the School of Biomedical Sciences.