About the Biological Sciences Department

Southeastern’s Department of Biological Sciences oversees undergraduate and graduate programs in biology and manages the department’s state-of-the-art labs and equipment for teaching and research.

The Department of Biological Sciences is composed of 44 full-time faculty, approximately 900 undergraduate majors, and 30 graduate students. The Biology Building contains more than $4 million dollars in teaching and research equipment, including molecular biology laboratories, a roof-top greenhouse, plant and animal collections, a vivarium, and a comprehensive electron microscopy center. The Department also maintains a separate Horticulture Center and actively utilizes the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station located on an island in Pass Manchac between Lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain.

The Department offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biological Sciences and in Horticulture Science. Concentrations within the B.S. in Biological Sciences include:

  • Ecology/Environmental/Evolutionary Biology

  • Microbiology/Molecular Biology

  • Organismal/Integrative Biology

  • Science Education 


Within these concentrations, we can design pre-professional degree plans for individuals interested in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, and other health-related fields. We also prepare students for entry into competitive graduate programs in Biological Sciences. At Southeastern, our Master of Science (M.S.) in Biological Sciences has both thesis and non-thesis options.

We recognize the complementary roles of teaching and research in educating students. Research is fundamentally important to the growth of the faculty and the teaching vitality of the Department. Thus, opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research are extensive. Our diverse faculty advise and mentor students over a wide range of subjects, and I urge you to examine the faculty web pages to learn their areas of expertise.


Prospective Students

As a prospective student, we welcome your interest in our programs and urge you to call us with your questions and arrange for a tour of our facilities.

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Department of Biological Sciences

Room 421
Biology Building
SLU 10736

Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA 70402

Phone: 985 549-3740
Fax: 985 549-3851