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Department of Biological Sciences

    The Department of Biological Sciences offers  a wide variety of academic options that will prepare you for the workforce or professional school.  You will have opportunities to explore the coastal waterways of Louisiana in a pirogue (a traditional Louisiana watercraft similar to a canoe) while learning how to use modern scientific equipment to explore the molecular mechanisms of cell biology!  It does not matter what your career aspirations are, you will find a challenging but comfortable home in our department within one of our 11 concentration areas!

In addition to our 11 Bachelor of Science concentrations, we also offer two options to earn an Associates Degree while meeting the requirements to get into Dental Hygiene School or a Clinical Laboratory Science Program.  If your major is not Biology, but you like Biology, consider pursuing a minor in Biology!

The Department of Biological Sciences also offers a Master of Science degree in Marine and Environmental Biology.

Dr. Quenton Fontenot
Head of Biological Sciences

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Departmental News

Biology Students Win Big at State Fisheries Meeting
Several biology undergraduate and graduate students presented their research at the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting that was held on the Nicholls campus on May 25-26, 2017.  Nicholls biology students won five of the nine student awards!

  • Jordan Logarbo (undergraduate, advisor Dr. Chris Bonvillain) won fisrt place in the abstract competition for her abstract entitled “Physical and physiological thermal stress responses of two sympatric crayfishes in Louisiana, Procambarus clarkii and P. zonangulus
  • Lauren Kong (graduate student, advisor Dr. Chris Bonvillain) won first place in the oral presentation competition for her talk “Population characteristics of red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii from hydrologically impaired areas of the Atchafalaya River Basin”
  • Ashleigh Lambiotte (undergraduate, advisor Dr. Gary LaFleur) won third place in the oral presentation competition for her talk “Salinity tolerance in hatchlings of the Apple Snail (Pomacea maculata) collected from the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary”
  • Kristen Chatelain (graduate student, advisor Dr. Sean Graham) won second place in the poster competition for her poster entitled “Variation in soil shear strength and belowground biomass across wetland types in Louisiana”
  • Kellyn LaCour-Conant (graduate student, advisor Dr. Sean Graham) won third place in the poster competition for her poster entitled “Long-term impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil exposure on marsh-stabilizing mutualism between smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) and the southern ribbed mussell (Geukensia demissa granosimma)”