• New Genus of Eukaryotic Microbe: Pygsuia biforma

    New Genus of Eukaryotic Microbe: Pygsuia biforma

  • Cyclura carinata

    Tagged male Cyclura carinata, Turks & Caicos

  • Butterfly House Noxubee Refuge October 2014

    Butterfly House Roadshow at Noxubee Refuge October 2014

  • Silphium

    Silphium (Prairie dock) from a local roadside

  • Heliconius erato

    Tagged Heliconius erato hybrid in French Guiana

  • Biological Sciences Department is located in Harned Hall

    Harned Hall

  •  BURP 2016

    Biology Undergraduate Research Program 2016

Departmental News

Ervin Research Lab Invited Presentations

(2017-04-21) Ervin Research Lab Invited Presentations - Doctoral student Cory Shoemaker was invited to present research performed in the Ervin Research Lab at a national workshop on Standard Monitoring Protocols for Herbaceous Vegetation held April 4, 2017, at the US Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Dr. Gary Ervin, Professor of Biological Sciences, gave an invited keynote presentation at the Second University Congress of Agro-Food Sciences held April 6-7, 2017, in Mexico City.

Dr. Diana Outlaw Helps Raise Autism Awareness

(2017-04-21) Dr. Diana Outlaw Helps Raise Autism Awareness - Follow the link - external link

Jian Jang Receives Spirit of State Award

(2017-04-12) Jian Jang Receives Spirit of State Award - Congratulations to Jian Jang, Biological Sciences M.S. student under Dr. Donna Gordon's direction. Follow the link for the story... - external link

Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship Award

(2017-04-03) Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship Award - Congratulations to Jackson Poole of Dr. James Stewart's lab and Sabrina Moore of Dr. Justin Thornton's lab for their recent awards. Jackson received the highly-coveted Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Ms. Moore received honorable mention.
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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).

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