Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences at FIU

The Department of Biological Sciences at FIU provides training and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide range of biological disciplines. On any given day, Biological Sciences faculty and their students may be diving on a coral reef in the Florida Keys, cruising through the Everglades on an airboat, hiking through a tropical rainforest, or breaking new ground in the laboratory.

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Our curriculum is rigorous and provides a background in critical thinking, research, and communications skills.

Undergraduate Majors

Our undergraduate majors have successfully entered careers in the life sciences in public, private and non-profit organizations.

Graduate Degrees

Our graduate degrees are designed to prepare the next generation of research scientists for academics, government, and industry.

Active Research

The research interests of our faculty span many levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems, and include both field and laboratory-based studies in marine, terrestrial, and freshwater environments.

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  • Botany 
  • Behavior
  • Biogeosciences 
  • Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Ecology 
  • Ethnobotany 
  • Evolutionary Biology 
  • Marine Biology 
  • Microbiology 
  • Physiology 
  • Populations & Communities
  • Structure & Function 
  • Systematics 
  • Zoology 

A world of knowledge is waiting

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Our mission is to educate broadly trained life scientists, to carry out basic and applied biological research, to disseminate the results of our research, and to provide meaningful service to the University, the local community, and the world.

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What Students Say About Us

The FIU Biology program certainly exceeded my expectations. It prepares its students not only in the field of Biological Sciences but also for their respective future professional endeavors. I found that choosing to major in Biology provided many opportunities to compensate what I was learning in the classroom with a hands-on approach.
Wendy Tamayo
The FIU Biology program afforded me excellent professors and an incredible research opportunity at IMAGES lab under Professor Rodriguez-Lanetty; it has provided me with the ability to fulfill my dream of becoming an MD
Melissa Morlote-Triana
FIU biology to me is a program designed to imbue passion and curiosity into their students. The program is lead and taught by top notch qualified individuals that understand that science is always changing and growing.
Christopher Otero


Take a look at some of the research projects in the Department of Biological Sciences, as our team explores the living world.

Javier Francisco-Ortega

Professor Francisco-Ortega conducts his research at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami.

Mike Heithaus

Professor Mike Heithaus  is also Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Joel Trexler

Dr. Joel Trexler is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Director of the Marine Sciences Program.