Biological Sciences

Department Overview

The Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Tech is composed of a diverse and interactive group of scientists and students whose work spans the entire breadth of biology. Our faculty currently stands at 19 and the student body includes 60 master's and Ph.D. students and approximately 300 undergraduate majors. The expertise of our faculty ranges from conservation biology and paleoecology to control and regulation of plasmid and chromosome replication in E. coli; from plant molecular biology to mechanisms of infrared detection in snakes; from dynamics of larval and juvenile Tarpon to investigations of calcium release at fertilization to the role of chemical cues in habitat selection. While many other research universities contain specialized and isolated departments based on biological subdisciplines, we have assembled a spectrum of experts who excel within specialized areas, yet are committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of biology.

The biology department is housed in the F.W. Olin Life Sciences Building (LSB). LSB contains eight teaching labs, 12 modern research labs, a 16-workstation computer facility, and an electron microscopy suite. The building also includes animal care facilities for housing small mammals and reptiles and a temperature-controlled 800 sq. ft greenhouse. The department has excellent teaching facilities with a state-of-the-art multimedia auditorium and classroom. All research and teaching space is fully connected to the campus-wide high-speed network. The department also maintains an on-campus Aquaculture Center and the Vero Beach Marine Laboratory where field studies in aquaculture and marine biology can be performed.