Creating the next generation of life scientists

About the Department

Biology majors survey the origins and conservation of biological diversity, as well as the molecular, genetic, and cellular bases of life.

Through classroom, lab, and field experiences, UCCS Biology students learn about the complex interactions that exist among organisms and their environments, as well as the biological processes that underlie molecular and organismic evolution, cellular function, and embryonic development. 

Academic Programs

Within the UCCS Biology Department, we offer Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees with options to specialize in general biology, the biomedical sciences, or (in conjunction with the UCCS College of Education) in K-12 biology education, as well as an undergraduate minor. We also offer the Master of Sciences (MSc) degree with concentration options in Ecology & Evolution or Molecular & Cellular Biology.

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive education combining classroom teaching and hands-on research experiences to produce knowledgeable and innovative professionals in the biological sciences. Our curriculum focuses on providing a strong foundation in biology and promoting an appreciation for the diversity of life.

Alumni Success Stories

Dr. Kim Hoang
Post-doctoral researcher at Emory University and ASN Awardee

As a biology major at UCCS, Kim Hoang cites research with Dr. Jeremy Bono as a rewarding part of her undergraduate work and encourages future and current biology students to pursue research if they desire to see how lessons are practically applied. Since graduating from UCCS, Kim has defended her doctoral thesis at Emory University, earning a Ph.D. in 2019. In 2020, she entered postdoctoral research at Oxford as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology. Presently, she has returned to Emory University to continue her postdoctoral research and in 2022 was awarded the American Society of Naturalists (ASN) Young Investigator Prize. What advice does Kim have for students at UCCS? “Enjoy your classes, even the required ones that may be outside your major, because it is one of the last times you will get to study a broad range of subjects without individually undertaking them!” 

Mr. Josue Balbuena
Recent graduate and 2022 Outstanding Undergraduate in Biology
Josue Balbuena was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. At the age of 18, Josue enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served for nine years before relocating to Colorado Springs to launch his dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. At UCCS, Josue majored in Biology-Biomedical Sciences and followed the Pre-Medicine track. In addition to collaborating with faculty at UCCS, Josue worked as a medical scribe in a local ER, preparing him further for his surgical career. Josue began medical school in the summer of 2022.