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To schedule an appointment with our advisors, go to the Student Hub (, scroll down to the Academic Support section and click on Get Advising. Please include a note to indicate your preferred advising method (phone or video call).  You can also find contact information and scheduling help at

Override Requests:  

If you have an override request, select the red 'Override Request Form' button at the top of this page. Please attach all pertinent transcripts for review (unofficial transcripts are fine); we will respond within 2-3 business days.

As we transition back to on-campus operations in July, we want to highlight a few things that you can expect to see in the coming months.  

For the Summer 2021 semester, the majority of Biology courses will be taught online, with a few on-campus course offeringsFor the Fall 2021 semester, however, the majority of Biology courses will be taught on-campus, with a few online course offerings. 

The Department of Biology’s main office (Science Building 2042) will have limited on-campus staffing starting July 6th.  While we will have a limited on-campus presence in July, the department can always be reached via phone, 303-615-0777, or email at  

As Fall semester approaches, we will have consistent on-campus staffing in the main Biology office. 

Academic advisors are also available for advising during this time. Due to a busy orientation season this summer, we are asking that students schedule an appointment with an advisor or email them for assistance. To schedule an appointment with our advisors, go to the Student Hub (, scroll down to the Academic Support section and click on Get Advising. Please include a note to indicate your preferred advising method (phone or video call).  You can also find contact information and scheduling help at

Please note that any unvaccinated individuals must wear masks when indoors and that fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask indoors.  Please be aware that any faculty or staff member may request that you wear a mask, irrespective of vaccination status, when meeting with them on campus. 

We are excited to see you all in the near future!   

In The News - The Latest Scoop In Biology

Dr. Leanna Matthews, one of our affiliate faculty members, is featured in the upcoming Apple TV+ documentary film "Fathom" for her participation in research on communication patterns and vocalizations of humpback whales.  Check out the recent RED Magazine article about the upcoming film and be sure to check it out when it premieres on June 25th! 

Check out the Early Bird article highlighting the various ways in which our students get hands-on experiences, setting them up for success beyond the classroom! 

Welcome to the Department of Biology!

Meet Hannah Scobba, our new Assistant Academic Coordinator!

Hannah was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She attended the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs where she received both a B.A. in Organizational and Strategic Communication and recently received an M.A. in Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE). Her dream is to someday receive her PhD in Higher Education Administration. In her free time, Hannah loves to read, sing, go to Painting With a Twist, and binge watch TV and movies with her fiancé, Seth.

Biology at MSU Denver

We can't teach you the meaning of life, but we can teach you about life in all of its variety

From red blood cells to blue whales, irises to giant sequoias, and DNA to the creatures of the deep sea, our beautiful planet is full of life. One might think with the hundreds of thousands of years of human existence, our species would know everything there is to know about all living things on Earth. But with new advances in technology that have caused a vast expansion of our understanding of biology, we’re just starting to scratch the surface of the previously unknown.   

The Department of Biology at MSU Denver teaches courses that cover the entire spectrum of biological sciences. Specializing in Genetics, Microbiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Botany, Zoology or Ecology provides you with the knowledge to succeed in areas such as medicine, wildlife management, education, neuroscience, environmental science and so much more. 

Robert Hancock_Biology
He has studied, taught about and filmed insects all over the world for more than 25 years. A medical entomologist and authority on mosquitoes, bed bugs and other blood-sucking insects, his close-up footage has been featured on network and cable television programs world-wide and his documentary series “Mosquito Man” was recognized internationally. His film, "Bedbugs of London" received an Honorable Mention for macro cinematography from the International Wildlife Film Festival.

Robert Hancock

Professor of Biology

Career Prospects

With a degree in Biology from MSU Denver, you might find yourself working as a wildlife biologist, environmental scientist, microbiologist, biochemist, neuroscientist and more. See a detailed list of career opportunities for people who major in biology on our Career Services website.

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