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Prospective Undergraduate Students

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Biology is the scientific study of living systems and all their complexities, and there has probably never been a more exciting time to be a biologist.

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Why study biology at the University of Mississippi?

Degree choices.

The department offers multiple degree paths in biology – the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degree. See information about our biology major and these two degree pathways. Our faculty also support various interdisciplinary minors that offer great choices to combine with your major, such as neuroscience and environmental studies. See all your choices of majors and minors in the College of Liberal Arts.

Faculty expertise.

The UM biology faculty have areas of specialization that include
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Beyond the classroom.

Professor Hoeksema holding a mushroom with class in a forest settingBiology majors achieve an understanding of living systems and develop the ability to design and conduct experiments, operate sophisticated instruments, think critically, interpret data, and communicate complex ideas. A diversity of courses and a great variety of habitats in north Mississippi provide opportunities for both laboratory and field studies, including a 740-acre field station, a national forest, and flood-control reservoirs.

Beyond the campus.

Mountain hike from biology travel courseAdventurous students can explore diverse environments through our programs in South Florida, Grand Canyon, Belize, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands. There are department resources to help students participate in these unique programs. Some recent travel courses included:

  • Caribbean Ecology and Conservation;
  • Ecology and Evolution of Sky Island Biodiversity;
  • Californian STEAM: Microbial Science, Conservation, and Society; and
  • Hawaiian STEAM: Microbes, Symbiosis, and Culture.