Department of Biology

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According to the US Department of Education, the Biology Department leads the nation in graduating African American Biology majors, many of whom move on to professional careers in science and medicine. 

The Biology Department is the largest department in the College of Arts & Sciences at Xavier with a total of 750-800 majors each year. There are 24 full-time faculty members ready to serve all students, including three former XU-Biology graduates. Introductory Biology classes are kept small and are taught only by full-time faculty rather than by students or adjunct instructors as at some other institutions. 

Biology faculty members have been strategically hired for their expertise in diverse areas ranging from evolution, developmental biology, histology, botany and zoology to immunology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, stem cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, pathology, cancer biology and bioinformatics, to name a few. 

All Biology majors receive regular academic advising, the quality of which is unparalleled, and many Biology majors are involved in mentored research projects both in the department and throughout the state. 

The department has taken the lead on re-designing and revising our pre-med curriculum so that our students will excel on the redesigned 2015 Medical College Admissions Test and to address the growing and urgent national problem of declining numbers of African American professionals in the field of medicine.

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The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has selected Xavier University of Louisiana as a participant in their inaugural cohort of the Gulf Scholars Program. The program is a five-year, $525,000 project designed to build the capacity of universities and colleges in the Gulf region and motivate undergraduate students to address critical challenges facing the area.

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