The Department of Biology offers the degree of Master of Science in Biology. There are currently 35 graduate students pursuing various research interests, including hypertension in rats, immunology, cell physiology in fish, pollination biology, ecological physiology, biological systematics, the evolution of mating systems in crustaceans, and community/ecosystem ecology.


Scope and Purpose:

The collection in support of the teaching program and research of the biology department needs to be broadly based in the biological sciences. The two basic divisions are natural sciences and medicine-physiology. Included in natural sciences are botany, zoology, ornithology, ecology, evolutionary theory and genetics; genetics studies could be medically oriented, as well. The physiology-medicine component includes anatomy and physiology, microbiology, histology, immunology, medical technology, and cytotechnology, and environmental health. All of the above should be collected at the initial study level. In addition to the broad base, the department needs support at the advanced study level for ecology, aquatic ecology, animal pathology, behavioral biology, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, endocrine and reproductive physiology, microbiology, virology, immunobiology, molecular biology, histology and cytology.


The biology department offers both a traditional undergraduate biology degree and a Pre-Pharmacy specialization leading to a Master's of Science (MS). In addition, in collaboration with Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) the Department of Biology offers a combined Master's of Science Medical Doctor (MS/MD) degree. Programs leading to both Master's (MS) and doctoral degrees (PhD) are available in areas of departmental strengths in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, or Integrated Bioscience. Areas of graduate research include: pollination biology, conservation biology, physiological ecology, life history evolution, mating systems, aquatic ecology, evolution in developmental processes, behavioral evolution, spider biology, and evolutionary biomechanics.

Geographical Coverage:

Biological research is not geographically bound. Ecological, zoological, and botanical materials will be locally comprehensive and nationally selective for the United States, with international coverage at a minimum level.


At least ninety percent of the materials will be English Language or translations.

Period Coverage:

Biological teaching and research is dependent upon current coverage that is achieved through the serials collection. This is especially important for the highly volatile areas of microbiology, cytology, virology, cancer research and cardiovascular physiology. The basic collection will emphasize recent imprints; only significant historical works will be collected. At the same time, botany, zoology, and ecology require an accumulation of data over a greater time span, usually twenty to fifty years.

Publication Types:

Scholarly research journals are the primary source of biological information. The library collection in support of this department, therefore, is heavily committed to the serials collection, at about eighty percent. Monographs are necessary, as well, for synthesis and explication and are about twenty percent of the information resource. Although no significant collection of non-print materials is required, computer software may be collected.

Remote Sources:

Students in the biology department have access to, and occasionally use, the libraries of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, area hospitals and the Ohio Agricultural Research Center at Wooster.


The biology collection does not include materials with a clinical medicine focus, materials that are primarily biochemistry or popular treatments of biology intended for lay users.

Revised 07/2008