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Integrative Biology

Biologists solve problems, create new products, and appreciate the mysteries of life, through biology!

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

Top Reasons to choose Integrative Biology at florida southern college

Original Research

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

Broad Biological Focus

The major has a strong focus on a broad range of biology coursework to give the student a well-rounded background in the overall discipline. For example, students will learn about microbes, plants, ecology & evolution, genomics, and some of the modern tools, e.g., GIS, that we frequently employ in these fields.

Technology and Quantitative Skills

Students in integrative biology will focus on the interactions of biology, technology, and statistics that are commonplace in graduate schools and public and private sector biological research positions.

Where computer science meets biology

In BIO 3770 Bioinformatics you’ll learn the techniques requiring the use of molecular biology databases, including DNA and protein sequence analysis, multiple sequence alignments, 3-D protein structure modeling and prediction, phylogenetic tree building, and RNA sequence analysis.

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Hear from college leadership, faculty, and staff as you learn more about life and learning at Florida Southern College. Academic showcases spanning the breadth of the college's academic offerings will provide you with opportunities to learn more about the Integrative Biology program.

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Featured Integrative Biology Faculty

Dr. Christopher Brandon
- Assistant Professor of Biology

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.

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Tiny Earth Network

Through the Tiny Earth Network we are able to provide students with an authentic biology research experience in their first semester at Florida Southern College.

Florida Southern College has a collaborative project with the Tiny Earth Network. This project focuses on one of the most pressing problems facing the global community: antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Through the Tiny Earth Network, biology students will search for novel antibiotics produced by common soil microorganisms. This experience 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 and ongoing health crisis. Biology students have expanded on these experiences later in their academic careers to develop more detailed research projects, and have presented their findings at national scientific meetings.

Internship Opportunities

Many of our biology majors are interested in health professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and physical therapy. Students seriously thinking about applying to a professional school complete an elaborate internship.

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Clubs and More

The Biology department sponsors Beta Beta Beta, the society for biology students affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), the national Health Preprofessional Honor Society, and Rho Rho Rho Marine and Atmospheric Honor Society. In addition there are a variety of clubs for other interests including the Nature Enthusiasts club.

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Program Information

Admission Requirements


All domestic freshman applicants to Florida Southern College’s full-time degree programs must submit the following information:

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Dr. Christopher Brandon

Assistant Professor of Biology

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