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Department of Biology and Microbiology


The Biology and Microbiology Department at South Dakota State University offers Undergraduate (B.S.) and Graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees in biological science. Undergraduate students can major in biology, human biology, biotechnology and microbiology, and also follow specialized tracks to prepare for medical and other health-related careers, and for careers in secondary education. We offer a broad array of courses taught by 34 faculty members using informed approaches to teaching and offering hands-on laboratory experiences. Graduate students pursue research in infectious diseases, microbiology and mammalian and plant cell and molecular biology. The research faculty provide an intellectually vibrant, collegial and interdisciplinary research environment.

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FGCF's new microscope expands opportunities for researchers

A new confocal microscope in South Dakota State University's Functional Genomics Core Facility (FGCF) expands both the research capacity and opportunities within the lab, said Ryan Hanson, assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Microbiology and coordinator of the FGCF.

SDSU honors seven professional staff members

Seven members of the professional staff at South Dakota State University have been honored for their quality work. The recipients were honored at the SDSU Professional Staff Advisory Council annual meeting in mid-May.

Undergraduate fellowship leads Nelson to doctoral work at SDSU

This spring, Pine Ridge native Dillon Nelson began doctoral work at SDSU after completing his bachelor's degree at Oglala Lakota College. His experience with a USDA-funded fellowship program fueled his interest in research.