Department of Biological Sciences
  • Native Blue on Host

    Adult native Blue cactus Borer Hanging on Host Plant

  • Native Blue on Prickly Pear

    Native Blue Cactus Borer Caterpillar Emerging from Prickly Pear

  • Ichneumonid Wasp

    Ichneumonid Wasp-Common Parasitoid of Native Blue Cactus Borer Larvae

  • Crow's Neck

    Summer undergraduate researchers relaxing at Crow's Neck

  • Silphium

    Silphium (Prairie dock) from a local roadside

  • Biological Sciences Department is located in Harned Hall

    Harned Hall

  • Heliconius erato

    Tagged Heliconius erato hybrid in French Guiana

Departmental News

(2014-10-14) Biological Sciences Major Named First Alternate in Miss MSU Pageant - Junior Biological Sciences major, Meredith R. Thomas, was named First Alternate at the annual Miss MSU pageant held Friday, October 10, on campus. Congratulations, Meredith!

Interestingly, 4 of the 9 Miss MSU hopefuls were Biological Sciences majors.

(2014-09-24) Dr. Heather Jordan Receives NIJ Grant in Excess of $800,000 - Dr. Heather Jordan, Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences since August of this year, has received a National Institute of Justice award in the amount of $843,376. Her 3-year project, Utilization of Microbial Structure and Function in Investigations of Criminal Justice, begins January 2015.

Studies funded by the grant will describe how bacteria residing in a living host react and translocate after death of the host. Identifying specific microbial taxa or metabolic signatures during host decomposition stages have potential application for use in quantifiable, precise measurements of post-mortem interval in death investigations.

Dr. Jordan has made a great start at MSU and we are so glad that she is a member of the Biological Sciences Department!

(2014-09-03) Biological Sciences Ph.D. Student Selected for Prestigious D.C. Program - Carter Holland, Ph.D. student conducting research under the direction of Dr. James Stewart, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, has been selected for the 2014 Student/Postdoc Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

Please follow the link below for the full story.

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(2014-08-29) Three Generations at MSU - Margarita Baquero, Biological Sciences Ph.D. student, is the third member of her family to come to Mississippi State from Ecuador to study and teach. Ms. Baquero conducts her Ph.D. research under Dr. Brian Counterman, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences.

See related article on page 22 in benefacta. Link below.
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Contact Info

Department of Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mailstop: 9536
Mail: PO Box GY

TEL: 662.325.3120
FAX: 662.325.7939

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219 Harned Hall, 295 Lee Blvd,
Mississippi State, MS 39762


The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University is home to 25 instructors and tenure-track faculty and more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students. We offer three B.S. degrees (Biological Sciences, Microbiology, and Medical Technology) and three graduate degrees (an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in General Biology, a distance program for science teachers).

Research in the Department represents the breadth of the Biological Sciences, including work in Cellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Our faculty have received research funding from all major federal funding agencies, as well as many state and private funding sources, and we have nationally respected faculty in each of the major research disciplines named above.

We invite you to browse the information provided here and to contact any of us with questions you may have about our work or potential studies in Biology at MSU.