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The Department of Biology & Chemistry is dedicated to teaching our students in the most effective way possible.  Faculty members constantly strive to introduce innovative practices in both the lecture and the laboratory.  We are especially focused on active learning practices.  Our students have proven themselves to be excellent learners and have demonstrated their capabilities in graduate school, health professional schools and careers in science. 

The Department also has a strong undergraduate research emphasis.  Students are able to conduct research ranging from watershed monitoring and assessment to molecular analyses of DNA replication.  The large majority of students in the Department's research program are MSU Undergraduate Research Fellows, which supports them with a stipend.  Other students are supported by research grants that have been awarded to faculty members.  Many of these students conduct research during the summer.  Our research students present the results of their research at local, regional, and national meetings and frequently win awards for these presentations. 

In addition to research activities, students are also encouraged to join one or more of the several clubs within the department.  These include the student chapter of the American Chemical Society, the pre-medicine club, the environmental science club, and Tri Beta (the national biological honor society).  These meet to discuss their interests and career strategies, sponsor social events, and become involved in campus and regional outreach.  For instance, the student chapter of the American Chemical Society conducts demonstrations entitled, "Let's Blow Things Up", as well as raising funds for the American Cancer Society.  The premedicine club raises funds for the local free clinic, and the environmental science club facilitates the cleanup of Triplett Creek watershed each year. 

We welcome you to our department and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions. 


News in
Biology & Chemistry

  • Two new faculty members join the department
  • Dr. Gibbs awarded two NIH-KBRIN grants
  • Dr. O'Keefe receives funding to conduct environment assessments in Tennessee
  • Dr. Ellison awarded NIH-KBRIN grant
  • Students receive travel grant to attend national ACS meeting
  • Dr. Hare awarded NIH-KBRIN grant
  • Dr. Dennis awarded NIH-KBRIN grant
  • Dr. Peyton awarded KY
  • Dr. Risk mentors high school students from Puerto Rico
  • Dr. Risk takes students to Costa Rica for plant study
  • ACS Students receive travel grant to attend national ACS meeting
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