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Integrative Biology

Integrative Biology is an interdisciplinary study of living organisms, merging principles from genetics, ecology, physiology, and evolution to understand and explore the complexity of life on Earth.

Integrative biology is a field of study geared at a broad-based education across many biological subdisciplines. Students focus on questions regarding ecology, evolution, and organisms, while also learning the modern technology and quantitative skills used in various fields. Students are well prepared to go on to graduate school in Biology or to seek careers in such places as the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other similar research-focused institutions.

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Original Research

During your collaborative research with our biology faculty, you’ll have the opportunity to publish and present your own original biology research at regional and national conferences.

Broad Biological Focus

This major has a strong focus on a broad range of biology coursework, providing you a well-rounded background. Students learn about microbes, plants, ecology, evolution, genomics, and modern tools employed in these fields.

Technology and Quantitative Skills

Students focus on the interactions of biology, technology, and statistics to develop skills needed in graduate schools and public and private sector biological research positions.

Christopher Brandon, Ph.D.

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Christopher Brandon

I am utterly fascinated by the secrets of life that the science of biology has uncovered. I seek to inspire students through engaged teaching practices to appreciate and discover awe in the natural world, with the belief that this fascination can help propel students through the more difficult aspects of the science. Additionally, I aim to enhance students’ biological literacy by connecting biological principles with “everyday” societal contexts.
The Tiny Earth Network

The Tiny Earth Network

FSC provides biotechnology students with an authentic biology research experience in their first semester at Florida Southern College through Tiny Earth, a collaborative project that addresses the pressing global challenge of the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics.

Through the Tiny Earth network, biology students search for novel antibiotics produced by common soil microorganisms. This work not only teaches students important laboratory techniques and skills, but also provides an outstanding opportunity to experience the scientific method firsthand and to contribute to solving a pressing health crisis. Biology students can then expand on these experiences later in their academic careers to develop more detailed research projects and present their findings at national scientific meetings.

Program Details



Admission Requirements


All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:


Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

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Christopher Brandon Christopher Brandon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

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