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  • Students in Microbiology Research Lab

    Students in Microbiology Research Lab

  • Cyclura carinata

    Tagged male Cyclura carinata, Turks & Caicos

  • Heliconius erato

    Tagged Heliconius erato hybrid in French Guiana

  • Water Lilies

    Water Lilies at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

  • Native Blue on Host

    Adult native Blue cactus Borer Hanging on Host Plant

  • Nematostelium gracile

    Nematostelium gracile--Dr. Matthew Brown--NSF Grant

  • Biological Sciences Department is located in Harned Hall

    Harned Hall

Departmental News

Masters in General Biology

(2020-05-18) Masters in General Biology - MSGB student testimonial--follow the link. - external link

Kudos to Dr. Donna Gordon

(2020-04-29) Kudos to Dr. Donna Gordon - Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Gordon was recently selected as the recipient of the MSU 2020 Mentor of the Year Award.

The Macabre Science of Animal Mass Die-Offs

(2020-01-22) The Macabre Science of Animal Mass Die-Offs - Drs. Brandon Barton and Heather Jordan, along with Barton's Ph.D. student, Abby Jones, are researching animal mass die offs. Follow the link for the story. - external link

Animal Mass Mortality and Australian Fires

(2020-01-22) Animal Mass Mortality and Australian Fires - Follow the link for article by Dr. Brandon Barton and PhD student, Abby Jones. - external link

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Contact Info

Department of Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mailstop: 9536
Mail: PO Box GY

TEL: 662.325.3120
FAX: 662.325.7939

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219 Harned Hall, 295 Lee Blvd,
Mississippi State, MS 39762


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).

Research in the Department represents the breadth of the Biological Sciences, including work in Cellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Our faculty have received research funding from all major federal funding agencies, as well as many state and private funding sources, and we have nationally respected faculty in each of the major research disciplines named above.

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