Biology, as the study of all living systems, explores the processes that generate cellular complexity, organismal diversity, and ecosystem function. Thus, biology provides the insights and tools to address real-world problems, from understanding the mechanisms of human disease to conserving rare species. In the Division of Biological Sciences, we are committed to fundamental research excellence, training the next generation of scientists and leaders, and fostering biological literacy in our communities. We offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees through four DBS-housed or affiliated graduate programs and 11 undergraduate degrees in Biology and Microbiology.
Video: Why choose Biology at UM?
Our DBS graduate students discuss their research.
Our Commitment to DEI
The Division of Biological Sciences (DBS) seeks to better understand living systems, and we believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is critical for this mission. Voices in academia—and particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields—have historically lacked diversity, due to a well-documented history of exclusion and active discrimination. The DBS faculty at the University of Montana affirm our collective responsibility to reverse this history of exclusion by creating a space of inclusion that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and identities. Notably, the University of Montana was formed in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people. We acknowledge the historical underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in scientific research, and we strive to correct this wrong. By promoting diverse representation across career stages in the DBS, we aim to build a better research community.
We commit to the following:
- Creating an environment where all are respected and accepted, regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, culture, personal beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.
- Implementing actions to recruit students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups. We also commit to implementing actions to retain diverse scientists across career stages, which is crucial given that representation of minority scientists declines with career stage, including in our own disciplines (Rushworth et al. 2021, Evolution).
- Promoting inclusivity in our undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
- Providing training and learning opportunities that enable us to learn about historical exclusion in STEM, and how to better promote inclusivity.
- Supporting a committee focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with representation across career stages.