The department's missions are to discover and advance knowledge in the life sciences and to effectively impart that knowledge to students. It pursues these missions via three components:
1) Comprehensive core research, teaching, and extension programs leading to degrees in Biology. These programs provide meaningful experiences for undergraduate and graduate students every step of the way and address the major topics of the life sciences. An important part of the student experiences includes engagement in research at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
2) A prehealth career education and advising program that facilitates entry of its students into the health professions and with exceptional acceptance rates into health professional schools.
3) A public-health program that provides pre-professional education in environmental health, industrial hygiene, and public health education.