Biology

It’s All About Life

About 4 billion years ago, Earth cooled down enough for chemical reactions to produce biological molecules and soon after the first cells formed.  Since then, more than 100,000 million species have come and gone.  Today, humans are one of about 150 million species that are living, reproducing, competing, cooperating, eating each other and changing the environment we share. There is a lot of life out there and even within your own body.  Are you ready to learn all about life from the chemicals and cells we are all made of, to how different species interact with each other and with their environment?  Then major in Biology.

James McClellan plans to go to veterinary school. In his undergraduate research project at Ozarks he studied whether hox genes (that regulate the number of vertebrae developing in the embryo) are sensitive to the mother’s body temperature during pregnancy. Here, James prepares to surgically implant a tiny temperature recorder into an anesthetized armadillo.

Scientists have recently discovered bacteria on the skin of red-backed salamanders (like this one students in Animal Diversity and Evolution captured) protecting them from the Chytrid fungus that is contributing to the global extinction of amphibians.  This bacteria might be used to protect vulnerable species.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS DO

FAWLEY JOINS BIOLOGY FACULTY

Dr. Karen Phillips Fawley has been hired as an associate professor of biology at University … Continue Reading

NEWLY APPOINTED DIVISION DEAN

Dr. Sean Coleman, professor of biology, has been appointed dean of the Division of Sciences … Continue Reading

VIRUS HUNTERS

A new hands-on science class at University of the Ozarks will have students hunting for … Continue Reading

All biology tells us about God is that “he has an inordinate fondness for beetles.”

J.B.S. Haldane