The Department of Biological Sciences provides students with a rigorous, personalized educational experience that encompasses the theoretical, quantitative and applied aspects of the biological sciences. A deep understanding of organisms links them to one another and the environment in an ecological space and provides an appreciation of their connection over evolutionary time. This view is enhanced by developing a perspective on biological organization from the molecular to the biosphere. We enable students to achieve this level of understanding by providing 1) intensive laboratory and field experiences in their coursework, 2) individual experiences in faculty research labs and 3) the opportunity to develop critical thinking and communication skills. In essence, these experiences provide students with the information base and skill sets critical to success in their chosen careers.