The Department of Biology, located in the College of Arts and Sciences, provides a curriculum designed to address the diverse interests of today's student population. The discipline is relevant to myriad economic, political, philosophical and social concerns, particularly those dealing with biotechnology and the environment. The mission of this Department is to support a program that provides a quality education for biology majors, allied health and medical pre-professionals and general education students. The Department must also serve as a resource of biological knowledge for the community. Above all, the program encourages students to be life-long learners and to place their knowledge of biology in a frame of reference enabling them to become productive, active participants in our society. In support of this mission, the Biology Department maintains an ongoing effort to provide a modern well-equipped physical plant and a diverse, articulate, scholarly, up-to-date faculty dedicated to providing the best possible undergraduate education in biology.