The Biology faculty are strongly committed to quality teaching and advisement of students, and to excellence in research. Information on recent accomplishments, awards and grants to both faculty and students are available on the Biology Department website noted above.
As the largest department in the natural sciences at Missouri State, Biology strives to maintain breadth and balance among the many biological disciplines. Faculty research specialties are diverse, and include the areas of cell biology, microbiology, molecular and population genetics, physiology, systematics, ecology, and evolution. This breadth of expertise contributes strongly to quality teaching.
Biology faculty members maintain active research programs that are frequently supported by external grants. These research programs provide opportunities for undergraduate involvement, which has often led to publication and presentations by students at professional meetings. Grant-funded research projects often also provide employment opportunities for students. Listings of sponsored research projects and student projects are available on the department website noted above.
The Biology faculty offices, research laboratories and classrooms are housed in Temple Hall and the Kings's Street Building on the Springfield Campus of Missouri State. Temple Hall is a modern, four-story building that also houses the departments of chemistry, geosciences, and physics and astronomy. Equipment available in the department includes a DNA sequencer, gamma counter, UV/VIS and AA spectrophotometers, gas analyzers, affinity chromatography with monitor and fraction collectors, microplate readers, ultracentrifuges, and microscopy equipment (electron, fluorescence, phase contrast, and Nomarsky). A computer lab for student use is available in Temple Hall, and several other similar labs are available elsewhere on campus. Student access to the Internet is fully supported. A greenhouse facility is attached to Temple Hall. The department maintains the Ozark Regional Herbarium, housing over 100,000 plant specimens for teaching and research.
~ Dr. Alicia Mathis, Department Head