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Mason welcomes its community to campus for fall 2020 semester with in-person instruction, online classes, and research activities.  Review Mason's Safe Return to Campus Plan.

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Pursue a biology degree and receive an excellent liberal arts education with experience in quantitative and analytical thought, along with preparation for related professions.

Learn in a lab-focused program with hands-on training from award-winning faculty.

Biology students work with a professor to examine plant defenses and plant-bacteria interactions in our on-campus greenhouse

2020 Biology Department Awards Ceremony - May 21st, 2020

Join the Department of Biology on May 21st at 10am as we celebrate the
Biology Award Winners, Honorees and the Class of 2020 at our annual
Graduation Awards Ceremony.

Visit Us On Campus

Whether you're preparing for graduate studies, or diving into biological fundamentals, you'll find it here. Come explore our biology programs, visit a class, and meet our Mason Science community.

  • Biology Department Main Offices

    Room 1200, Exploratory Hall (Formerly Science & Tech II)

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Exploratory Hall at George Mason University Fairfax Campus

A comprehensive education in biological sciences for biologists, educators, or those on a health career path.

Our student-focused programs offer lab and field studies in plants, animals, and ecology, providing the background necessary for popular careers in biological science, such as environmental management, microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, genetics, and medical laboratory sciences.

Students in biology lab class

Unparalleled experience-building with world-renowned organizations, laboratories and U.S. government agencies.

Our proximity to Washington, D.C., gives students unique opportunities to learn from and perform research for premier science institutes and companies within the health and biological science sectors including NIH, USDA, FDA, EPA, and the Smithsonian Institute.

student research in SSB

Why the Department of Biology?


Average biology lab size: you're more than just a number.


The number of students majoring in Biology, making it the largest major in the College of Science and second largest at Mason. 


The Biology Department supports the third largest herbarium in Virginia that contains over 80,000 plants specimens from around the world

STEM careers are in demand, projected to grow 10% by 2026

Employment of life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all other occupations. Get there faster: undergraduates earn credits toward degrees through internships and lab-based projects, field research, apprenticeships, and internships.

Students learn about wood turtle sampling and conservation biology with Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation faculty.

Biology News & Events



Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation

Oct 27, 2020/1:00 - 2:30 PM

Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation


Apply for LAs for Spring 2021 - Deadline Oct 28

Oct 28, 2020/8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Course proposals are currently being accepted to work with Learning Assistants (LAs) in Spring 2021.  LAs are undergraduates who work in College of Science courses to facilitate student learning in a variety of settings.