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Department of Biology
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


Jackson State University’s degree options in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional studies, as well as for entering the job market. Students can elect to specialize in Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Pre-Health Careers(Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, etc.), or Pre-Health Career Prerequisites (Pre-Dental, Hygiene, Pre-Nursing).


Graduate Scholarship Programs

 LS MAMP (Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation) Bridge to the Doctorate Graduate Scholars: National Science Foundation

Who should apply: First Time Graduate Students ($30,000/year + Tuition)
Contact: Dr. Ashton Hamme, 601-979-3713
Restrictions: Must be US citizens or permanent resident and a former LS AMP undergraduate student

PREM (Partnership for Research and Education in Materials): National Science Foundation

Who should apply: Graduate Students ($24,000/year)
Contact: Dr. Hongtao Yu, 601-979-2171
Restrictions: Must be US citizens or Permanent Residents

RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement): National Institutes of Health

Who should apply: Entering Graduate Students ($2000/month + tuition)
Contact: Ms. Maxine Simpson, 601-979-3453
Restrictions:  Must be US citizens or Permanent Residents

CREST (Center for Research Excellence in Science & Technology): National Science Foundation

Who should apply: Graduate Students ($2000/month)
Contact: Dr. Shonda Allen-Hill, 601-979-3723

Title III Graduate Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education)

Who should apply: Doctoral Graduate Students ($2000/month + tuition)
Contact: Dr. Hongtao Yu, 601-979-2171
Restrictions:  Must be US citizen

Teaching Assistant

Who should apply: First Time Graduate Students (≥ $12,000/year + Tuition)
Contact: Dr. Dalephine Davis, 601-979-1525

Research Assistant

Who should apply: First Time Graduate Students (≥ $12,000/year + Tuition)
Contact: All faculty of the chemistry department

Fellowships (EPA, NSF, NIH, DOE, NASA):

Who should apply: Incoming graduate students ($22,000 – $37,000)
Must be US citizens or permanent residents
Some require to be African Americans
Contact Dr. Hongtao Yu, 601-979-2174


You will gain a wide education in biology, learning about everything from molecular structure in the lab to ecosystems in the outdoors.
You will build leadership, management and many other skills while in the program. After completing all of your degree and training requirements, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. In addition to general course work, you will choose a concentration focusing on your area of interest and career goals. For those hoping to pursue medicine or other health professions, you will learn about the structures and functions of tissues and organs in humans and other animals as well as molecular and cellular biology. Beyond your classroom and lab work, you will also have the opportunity to work directly with faculty members on real-world research using the latest technology, all as a student at Jackson State University.


After completing the program, you will understand the basic biological principles, think logically and communicate clearly within the field and to other researchers, become conscious of social problems relevant to life sciences, prepare for careers in the life sciences, teaching, and graduate studies, provide a strong pre-professional foundation for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, dental hygiene, medical technology, nursing, and medical records administration, and engage in basic and applied research that benefits the local and scientific community, 

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Your time will be spent collecting and analyzing data or running experiments on state-of-the-art equipment – not solely sitting at desks. The diverse 


Biology majors have a plethora of career options after studying the molecular nature, physiological mechanisms, evolution, and physical structure of life and living organisms:

Biologist Botanist Zoologist Registered Nurse
Pharmacy Technician Phlebotomist Respiratory Therapist Pharmacologist
Biology Teacher Environmental Scientist Quality Control Technician Agricultural Technician
Biomedical Engineer Hydrologist Medical Manager Physician Assistant
Genetic Counselor Legal Specialist Microbiologist Game/Fish Warden
Surgeon Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Occupational Therapist Veterinarian


For many years, we have played a central role in the growth of molecular life sciences and revolution in computational biology.

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Important Dates

Biology Advisor's List

Research Positions/Other





CSET Scholars Academy





Biology Minor Requirements

Chemistry Minor Requirements

Biology Updates



For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2586 or submit your questions and requests to  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



John A. Peoples Science Building, Room 335


(601) 979-2586

Mailing Address

Jackson State University,
Department of Biology,
1400 J.R. Lynch St.,
P.O. Box 18540, Jackson, MS 39217