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Coronavirus Information

The Department of Biology remains dedicated to supporting the campus population. We are actively practicing social distancing, which means we remain open for business but we are limiting the number of students, faculty and staff on campus. At this time, we are currently working to provide assistance virtually or by phone. Please contact our office at: tibbettdr@appstate.edu or 828-262-3025 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For University updates, please check the App State Coronavirus page. Please also see the message from Department of Biology Chair Dr. Zack Murrell with information for Biology majors.

The Department of Biology at Appalachian State University is a community of 36 faculty who are active in teaching and research, along with a support staff of three lab technicians and three administrators.  Twenty-nine of these faculty members have earned doctorates and seven have Master’s degrees.  We strive to maintain a faculty with diverse research interests, ranging from molecules and cells to communities and landscape ecology. 

Our goal is to provide hands-on experiences through classroom laboratories and undergraduate research.  Our faculty and our 45 graduate students welcome our undergraduate majors to engage in independent research ongoing in 23 labs, plant, animal and fungal research/teaching collections, a greenhouse, a sixty-seven acre Nature Preserve adjacent to campus and larger land holdings in the area, as well as access to extensive globally significant surrounding state and federal parks and forests.  

We seek to enable our graduates to gain sound scientific knowledge, learn the skills needed to create new knowledge, the excitement and appreciation of scientific discovery, and the ability to convey that information and enthusiasm to society.  We are dedicated to engaging students in outstanding teaching and we believe that our research and discovery inform the science that we teach.

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