The following departments are included within the College of Life Sciences:

  • Biology (Bio)
  • Cell Biology and Physiology (CELL)
  • Exercise Sciences (ExSc)
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biology (MMBio)
  • Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science (NDFS)
  • Plant and Wildlife Sciences (PWS)
  • Public Health (Hlth) [formerly Health Science]


Courses offered in the life sciences give students a general understanding of the fundamental principles of life that extend from the tiniest microbes to plants, animals, and human beings. Students also obtain the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Specialized courses emphasizing teaching and research in various life science disciplines are also offered. Disciplines range from basic science to applied science.