In the Department of Biological Sciences, we strive to build a strong scientific community by providing a welcoming educational and research environment for all who share our passion for understanding how living things work. We recognize that there is work to be done, and commit ourselves to building a more diverse, more inclusive, and more equitable community.

LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Graduate Studies


Michael E. Hellberg
Assoc. Chair, Graduate Studies

Chimene Williams, Grad student office

Chimene Williams
Administrative Program Specialist A

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Administrative Coordinator


Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences graduate program website. This site provides information for new, current and prospective students. The New Student section is concerned with getting started at LSU, while The Current Student selection offers information of importance to students currently enrolled in the department, and the Prospective Student category contains in-depth descriptions of the department, the faculty, departmental requirements and how to apply. You may go to this information simply by selecting the appropriate link. 

The Department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences with the emphases described below. You may simply click on the degree name, below, to get details on the degree, the faculty, the facilities and how to apply.

  • Biochemistry: concentrates on the many disciplines intrinsic to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biological Sciences: emphasizes modern interdisciplinary approaches to biology in areas such as bioinformatics, systematics, ecology, cell biology, and physiology; and also the traditional organism based approaches such as botany, microbiology and zoology.

Almost 115 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded by the Department over the past five years, and former students are in postdoctoral, faculty, and research and development positions throughout the nation and the world.