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Biology is the scientific study of living things. Despite the enormous diversity of living organisms, all life is unified by descent from a common ancestor. Biologists study the diversity and unity of life by application of modern methods of scientific inquiry. The study of biology addresses many questions about the world around us. The field is changing rapidly, and new discoveries may directly impact your life, which makes this is an especially exciting time to study biology.

Biology Mission

The Mission of the Biology Department at Angelo State University is to develop qualified students with biological knowledge and skills in a student centered environment, provide students with opportunities for engagement, service, and research, and prepare students for graduate study and scholarly occupations in the discipline. 

Angelo State Natural History Collections

The Biology Department maintains the Angelo State Natural History Collections, which has tens of thousands of specimens of all types of organisms. The collections are preserved, documented and curated assemblages that are important to a wide array of human activities. They are also used constantly for research and teaching in the department.

Faculty and Student Research

Biology Department faculty members are dedicated to research and they encourage undergraduate and graduate students to get hands-on experience with their own projects. Faculty members work one-on-one with students to ensure that they are getting the research guidance they need.

Each fall semester, Biology Department students and faculty have a weekend “Biology Blitz” on a ranch just outside of San Angelo. They try to catalog every living thing, which gives students an idea of what trapping and tagging entails.

New Greenhouse

Greenhouse flowers The new greenhouse will be opening in Spring 2019.

In The News

  • Biology Student Wins State Research Award

    Allie Denham of San Antonio, a senior biology major at Angelo State University, won the top prize for her undergraduate research poster at the recent annual meeting of the Texas Society of Mammalogists (TSM) at the Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station in Junction.

  • Alum Begins Her Second Smithsonian Fellowship
    To this day, Molly McDonough remains the only Angelo State graduate credited with discovering a new animal species, an accomplishment that has helped lead her to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


Tri-Beta is a national biological honor society. The Angelo State University chapter has been named the best chapter in the nation nine times with the most recent award in 2017-2018.

The organization gets involved with several service activities, such as home repair, recycling and blood drives. To learn more, email the faculty sponsor, Ms. Carla Ebeling.

Study Abroad

You can earn class credit in Germany, Scotland, Mexico and many other foreign countries. Scholarships are available to partially offset expenses.

Learn about Study Abroad

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