A student majoring in one
of the two Baccalaureate degrees offered by the
Department of Biology (Biology,
Environmental Science ) quickly understands that the biological sciences have foundations
in the supporting sciences of chemistry, physics and mathematics.
The Department also offers a
M.S. degree (thesis
nonthesis option) in
The Biology program is
committed to the laboratory approach to science. Students completing the Biology
core will have been exposed to all major areas of Biology and are allowed the
freedom to concentrate on an area of special interest within the major. There
are also sufficient hours of free electives so that a Biology major could obtain
secondary teaching certification simultaneously. The faculty is housed in the
Hayes Biology building and in the Science Auditorium. The Hayes Biology Building
also houses the J. Steadman Collection. Field based study is
available at the Dujay Sanctuary in the Big Thicket and at Center
for Coastal and Marine Studies (CCMS), located on Pleasure Island near Port Arthur.
The faculty feel that one
of its strengths lie in the fact that many of its courses are still taught on
the organismal level. Many larger institutions place emphasis on the
molecular level and students do not get a feel for the whole organism or
taxonomy. Both the molecular and organismal levels are available at Lamar.
Many of the majors in our
department have plans to attend professional school in one of the health related
sciences (medical, dental, veterinary, etc.). Lamar University boasts a
high acceptance rate into these programs. One of the reasons for this success
Pre-Professional Program in the Health Sciences.
areas of expertise and research interests of the faculty include Behavior,
Botany, Cytogenetics, Ecology, Entomology, Epidemiology, Herpetology,
Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Limnology, Mammalogy, Marine Biology,
Microbiology, Parasitology, Toxicology, and Physiology.
There are also several
scholarships available to our preprofessional students.
Many of our faculty have prepared talks on various
subjects that are available to the public. For information, go to
our "Ready to Go Talks" page.
Questions regarding the Biology Department should
be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include a phone number with all correspondence.