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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

2021 Biology Department Awards Ceremony

Welcome to our annual Awards Ceremony.  While we’re sad not to be able to celebrate in person, we hope you enjoy our YouTube premiere presented by our faculty and staff. Please join us for the premiere, available on May 12th at 10am. 
Let’s honor the dedicated students receiving departmental awards and scholarships, and celebrate the end of the academic year. The complete list of our academic award winners can be found on the 2021 Biology Awardee Information Page.

Why the Department of Biology?

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

1,300

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

80,000

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

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

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.

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)

  • Campus Map
Exploratory Hall at George Mason University Fairfax Campus

Biology News & Events

Events

Calendar
Jul26

Return to Campus Open Forum

Jul 26, 2021/11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

From Mason's Human Resources and Payroll office: As mentioned in our July 7 email, we would like to invite all faculty and staff to attend open forums focusing on our Return to Campus. These forums will review the guidance shared in the Return to Campus for Supervisors training, best practices
Jul28

Return to Campus Open Forum

Jul 28, 2021/1:00 - 2:30 PM

From Mason's Human Resources and Payroll office: As mentioned in our July 7 email, we would like to invite all faculty and staff to attend open forums focusing on our Return to Campus. These forums will review the guidance shared in the Return to Campus for Supervisors training, best practices
Aug1

Deadline to submit COVID vaccination documentation

Aug 1, 2021/8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Student Health Services

Message from Mason President Gregory Washington: COVID-19 Vaccination Students: Mason will require that all students be vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1. This policy does not apply to students who take online courses only and do not come to any campus, or to individuals who have an approved medical or