Welcome to the Department of Biology

Our department consists of approximately 30 faculty members, several postdoctoral research associates, and four full-time staff members. We are actively engaged in research and education as part of one of the largest biology programs located on the Gulf Coast.

Undergraduate Studies. We are committed to educating future leaders in all aspects of biology. In addition to offering a wide range of courses, we help students gain hands-on experience through research in our labs and internships with local agencies. We have one of the largest undergraduate degree programs at the University, which has grown by 50% over the last decade to over 700 students. Over half of our graduates work in health care, as physicians, dentists and other medical practitioners, as well as in the pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries. Many other students pursue careers in environmental biology, including wildlife and fisheries management, coastal restoration, and environmental protection. Other areas in which our graduates have been successful include animal biology (e.g., veterinarians and research animal managers), secondary and higher education, biotechnology, forensics, and industry. About half of our graduates go on to earn advanced medical or graduate degrees.

Graduate Education and Research. We offer a master’s degree in biology and a doctoral degree in environmental and evolutionary biology, with over 70 students currently pursuing graduate degrees. Graduates of our master’s program are well prepared to enter the work force as laboratory or environmental scientists or to pursue advanced degrees. Our doctoral graduates are successful in competing for teaching and research positions in universities and institutions around the world. More information about the career paths of our master’s and doctoral graduates is available here.

Our faculty and students conduct field research throughout the Americas, including the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, North Atlantic, Panama, and the Amazon Basin. We also work in close collaboration with state and federal partners to expand research and training opportunities for our students. For example, the LUMCON marine laboratory in Cocodrie, Louisiana, provides laboratory facilities, small boats, and large marine vessels in support of research along our coast. The USGS National Wetlands Research Center and the NOAA Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center in the UL Lafayette Research Park provide additional research opportunities. Please explore our web site to learn more about opportunities for research and training with our faculty. 


Contact us

Contact Information: 

General information: biology@Louisiana.edu or 337-482-6748.


Undergraduate admission and transfer students:
  Dr. Pegge Alciatore
e-mail: pla7994@louisiana.edu
phone: 337-482-5234


Pre-professional education (for students seeking post-graduate admission to medical, dental, or veterinary school)
  Bruce Felgenhauer
e-mail: bef1918@louisiana.edu
phone: 337-482-6636


Graduate-program admission:
  Scott France
e-mail: France@louisiana.edu
phone: 337-482-6320


Main office:
300 E. St. Mary Blvd.
Billeaud Hall, Room 108
Mailing address:
Department of Biology P.O.Box 42451
Lafayette, LA 70504-2451
Main office hours:
M-Th: 7:30 am-5 pm
F: 7:30 am-12:30 pm
The main office is closed daily from 11:45am to 12:30pm for lunch.