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Charles E. Schmidt College of Science


Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences at FAU

Welcome to Florida Atlantic University! Check out our list of student accomplishments: Dr. Melissa Borgen, now at Scripps Florida, and Dr. Brian Orr, now at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco), previously completed their doctoral degrees at Florida Atlantic University under the mentorship of Dr. Rodney Murphey.


A Message From the Chair


The Biological Sciences Department is the largest undergraduate major at FAU and our courses serve both majors and non-majors across several colleges at the university. The Department is made up of 26 faculty, 3 instructors, approximately165 graduate students and more than 2,000 undergraduate majors. The Department offers a wide variety of courses and research opportunities for undergraduate students through an NSF-URM Program, honors programs and directed independent study (DIS) with faculty on several campuses. Our students are a major part of a broad disciplinary research team in the Department, and in each year approximately 115 graduate students and 110 undergraduates work in our research labs. The faculty research focus areas are primarily in Neuroscience, Marine Science, Environmental Science and Cellular and Developmental Biology.

We have collaborations with colleagues at several research institutions, including on our Jupiter campus where the cellular neuroscience group is expanding through a joint graduate program with Max Planck Florida Institute.  The Jupiter campus also hosts the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology that has collaborative relationships with Scripps Research Institute. We also have several full time and affiliate faculty and collaborations with researchers at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute located at Fort Pierce where students can find marine research opportunities, the Semester by the Sea undergraduate marine immersion program, and graduate courses offered.   At the Davie campus, our faculty has collaborative research programs with USGS on Everglades and climate change issues in coordination with FAU’s Center for Environmental Studies (CES). For further information, see individual faculty websites and the programmatic links to courses and research groups within the Department and with our collaborators.



FAU Campuses: Boca Raton/Davie/Dania Beach/Fort Lauderdale/Jupiter/Treasure Coast/Harbor Branch