Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

In the bachelor's degree program in Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University Shreveport, you have the opportunity to participate in research programs and co-author papers even as an undergrad.

Healthcare employs more people in Louisiana than any other industry.  Earning a biology degree from LSU Shreveport will prepare you for  careers in medicine and medical allied specializations. The program is also designed for  students who are preparing to become marine biologists, environmentalists, forensic scientists, and  pursue numerous other biology-related endeavors.  

Why LSUS’ biological sciences degree program?

LSUS biology professors are major contributors to research networks funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). They are researching topics such as natural products with anti-cancer properties and publishing books and journals based on their findings. Not only do LSUS faculty support and mentor their students, they also involve them in their biological research projects.  

Experiential learning to prepare for real-world careers  

The biology program at LSUS works hand-in-hand with The LSU Health Sciences Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans. From research to practical experience, biology majors  compete for acceptance into medical and medical allied training. The LSUS faculty are dedicated to preparing students for their future careers  "whatever that may be" and high-quality teaching is our first priority.    

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Explore the Biological Sciences Bachelor’s Degree at LSUS

The LSUS biology degree program will expose you to cutting-edge technologies and exclusive experiences. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to continue your education or secure a full-time position.  

Network for success 

In addition to the LSU Health Sciences Center, LSUS has strong connections with the Red River Agricultural Research Station and the Northwest Regional Crime Lab. Biology majors routinely conduct research and participate in internships which often lead to full-time employment.  

Student life 

Among LSUS’ 70+ clubs and organizations, biology majors navigate toward the Biology Club, Alpha Epsilon Deltathe medical honor society, the Biomedical Informatics Group, Pre-Veterinary Club, and Pre-Dental Society. From group research to identifying modern technologies to mock interviews, there are opportunities for biological science majors to build their résumés and make connections. 

Financial Aid for Biology Majors 

LSUS students receive $12.4 million in scholarship money every year. Explore the types of financial aid you could qualify for

Biological Sciences Concentrations

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Biological Sciences Concentration

Cellular and molecular biology are crucial areas of study in medical science. Pursuing this concentration will prepare you for a career in medicine, pharmacology, biochemistry, developmental biology and more.

Environmental Science

Biological Sciences Concentration

If you are interested in the environment and how society impacts it, the environmental science major at LSUS might be for you. Biology majors from this concentration have gone on to pursue careers as nature conservationists, environmental monitors, park service biologists and environmental lawyers.

Field and Organismal Biology 

Biological Sciences Concentration

Rich in research and investigation, field and organismal biology connects with almost all major disciplines in biology. Biology majors in this concentration have gone on to pursue careers as field biologists, biological technicians, agricultural engineers, and related fields. 

Forensic Science 

Biological Sciences Concentration

Forensic science majors at LSUS take classes from both the biology and criminal justice programs. This biology major concentration will prepare you for a career in local, state, or federal law enforcement, private investigation and computer forensics. 

"Attending a school like LSU Shreveport has given me the opportunity to achieve my dreams of becoming a dentist. Being an international student, I was fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing support system through faculty, friends, my advisors, student organizations, and the international student office. I am grateful for the guidance I received every step of the way, and excited to begin my journey at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore. LSUS has been home away from home!"
Aastha Parikh
B.S. in Biological Sciences, 2018

LSUS and the Noel Foundation put on a Student Scholar Research Forum every year, where students have the opportunity to present research.  

LSUS has three biology-related honor societies: Tri Beta, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and MAPS.  

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LSUS offers two 2+2 programs in conjunction with the LSU Health Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science and Cardiopulmonary Science. 

Take a look at the amazing research our faculty and students have participated in over the last year.

Where Can a Biological Sciences Degree from LSUS Take You?

With abundant research, practicum and networking opportunities, the LSUS biology degree will prepare you for medical or dental school as well as numerous medically related fields. LSUS graduates have gone on to work in the fields of:  

  • Environmental law 
  • Medicine 
  • Medical laboratory science 
  • Molecular genetics 
  • Nursing 
  • Field biology 
  • Physician assistance 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Conservation 
  • Medical research 
  • Veterinary medicine  

Learn more about course requirements for each biology concentration.

Thinking about a biology degree at LSUS? These are some other bachelor’s degree programs you might like to explore 

LSUS also offers a Master of Science in Biological Sciences with concentrations in: 

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology 
  • Field and Organismal Biology 
  • Environmental Science 
  • Computational Biology 
  • Health Sciences 

Biological Sciences Faculty

Tibor Szarvas, PhD

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Bronson Hall, Room 226
Phone: 318-797-5371
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Santosh D’Mello, PhD

Office: Science Building, Room 104A
Phone: 318-795-2417
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Stephanie Aamodt, PhD

Office: Science Building, Room 114A
Phone: 318-797-5214
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Stephen Banks, PhD

Office: SB 216
Phone: 318-797-5220
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Beverly Burden, PhD

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Office: Science Building, Room 101
Phone: 318-797-5088
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Matyas Buzgo, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: Science Building, Room 115C
Phone: 318-797-5120
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Marisa Connell, PhD

Assistant Professor
Office: SB 210
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Amy Erickson, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: Science Building, Room 125
Phone: 318-797-5105
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Amanda Lewis, PhD

Director of Sponsored Research and Technology Transfer
Office: Administration Building, Room 245
Phone: 318-795-4237
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Michael Maguigan, PhD

Director of the Red River Watershed Management Institute
Office: Science Building, Room 121A
Phone: 318-797-5041
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Elahe Mahdavian, PhD

Office: Science Building, Room 312
Phone: 318-797-5227
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Stuart Nielsen, PhD

Assistant Professor
Office: Science 220
Phone: 318-797-2413
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Vonny Salim, PhD

Assistant Professor
Office: Science Building, Room 212
Phone: 318-797-5228
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Peter Siska, PhD

Office: Science Building, Room 101
Phone: 318-797-5073
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Stephanie Villalba, PhD

Assistant Professor
Office: Science Building, Room 216
Phone: 318-797-5157
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