Biology Chair’s Message

drwilliamsaug222011Welcome to the Department of Biology website at Texas Southern University. The department is the largest, and most prominent department in the university. We offer both a B. S and an M.S. degrees in Biology. The Biology program is designed to prepare students for a broad range of career options. Our comprehensive curriculum provides training for students seeking admission to health-related professions and graduate programs, as well as those who are seeking employment in diverse fields of endeavor. On average, we have about 700 students majoring in two areas of disciplines: the Health-Related and the Comprehensive Studies Program. Besides these, we offer a 2-year Pre-Nursing Track that provide cost-beneficial program to those seeking a career in Nursing elsewhere. Many of our graduates have gone to medical schools, graduate schools, veterinary schools, pharmacy and dental schools. The department also has a strong workforce development program to meet the demands of primary and secondary school science teachers in Texas and elsewhere.

Students in our department are given opportunities to many scholarships, research opportunities and internships. Faculty researches are funded by federal grans such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and other federal agencies. Many of these programs financially support and engage undergraduates during the summer months to undergo hands-on training and participate in many science endeavors such as presentations to local, national and even international meetings. Many undergraduates in these programs have become coauthors in peer-reviewed scientific publications. Our department strives to cultivate this culture of science and exploration, as well as maintain a rigorous academic environment to make our graduates more competitive.

Our rigorous MS in Biology graduate program enable graduate students to conduct original research in diverse fields such as immunology, cell-signaling, epigenetics, breast cancer biology, phylogenetics, microbial genetics, or C. elegans biology. Many faculty of the department are also affiliates of the Ph.D. program in Environmental Toxicology of the Department of Environmental Science and Interdisciplinary studies.

We do hope that you find the biology department website as a useful source of information. Please do not hesitate to contact me (email: or by phone: 713-313-4322), or any member of the department should you have questions regarding our program.


Dr. Warren E. Williams

Chair, Department of Biology