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The Department provides a high-quality and excellent undergraduate instruction in Biology and a solid foundation for upper division work, and gives students opportunity to broaden her/his knowledge before deciding on a specific major or profession.

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The Department offers degrees in biology, biotechnology and forensic science to prepare students for careers in government, industry, health-related professions, education, or for pursuing further study in graduate or professional schools.  

Do you want to....

  • Discover a gene....
  • Cure a disease....
  • Fight crime....

We can train you !  Our BS programs in Biology, Forensic science and Biotechnology can provide training to help you secure a job or further training in graduate or professional school.


Strive to develop abilities and values, to serve our regional, national, and international clienteles, and create a nurturing and learning environment for students, faculty and staff.

New What's New?
  • The Department of Biological Sciences has had some exciting events and news!!!

         ~First, we must congratulate Junior Biology major Jasmine Bogan on her win and appointment as Miss Fayetteville State Univeristy 2015-2016. This proves that you can be a science major and also participate in campus activites. Way to go Jasmine, we are extremely proud of you.

~ Next, we are proud of all of our graduates that will be leaving the nest soon to pursue their career goals and graduate school. This is an amazing accomplishment and we salute you and your efforts! BRONCO PRIDE!

~Laura Gore, a Biology major, will be making  a presentation on Green Business Service Learning to the FSU Sustainability Coalition at their meeting on April 30, 2015. This presentation will be in the presence of the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor. Good luck Laura!

~Caroline Cleveland, a 2014 graduate has been accepted into the UNC-CH Physical Therapy Program!!!

~Candacy Bush, a Biology major also, was chosen to represent the student body for 2015-2016 as Student Government Association President.....what an honor to serve her peers at the University!

~Our students will also represent the department at UNC-CH this summer by participating in the SEP and MED programs. These programs are stellar and will prepare these students for future careers in medicine, dentistry and other health care fields. Acceptance into these progams are competitive and we are elated that they will represent FSU!

The following students will be headed to Chapel Hill: Breana Phillips, Desiree Moore, and Brandy Moore. Daminike Sullins will be headed to Duke University this summer to attend their program.

~ Jessica Vickery will be headed off to Optometry School early fall in Tennesee.

I would like to thank all of the faculty and staff in this department for all of their harwork and assistance in helping our students to achieve their goals!

  • The Department of Biological Sciences would like to announce the winners of the following departmental awards. We would like to congratulate the following staff, faculty, and student on earning such high achievements throughout this academic year:

           James Raynor: DOBS Academician of the Year

           Erin White: DOBS Academic Advisor of the Year

           Philip Senter: DOBS Teacher of the Year

           Pamela Ratliff: DOBS Staff of the Year

           Jessica Vickery: DOBS Student of the Year 

~ We are so proud of you all!!!!!


  • Dr. Khalid Lodhi, along with the staff and faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences would like to give a big round of applause to Ms. Carla Peguese and her new appointment at a Wilmington, NC Crime Lab. She is a graduate of FSU with a degree in Forensic Chemistry. This is a huge accomplishment and we are so proud of Carla and her achievement.
  • Amber Maas, a Forensic Biology major, has been accepted into the Pathology Assistant program in Philadelphia, PA. We are so proud of the success that the graduates of the Forensic Science Program have achieved. For more information on the Forensic Science Program, please click on the link located on this website.


  • Congratulations to the first place winners of the 3rd Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, held on February 11, 2015. This competition is sponsored by the University of North Carolina General Administration. Graduate Student Jasmine Gaston, along with undergraduate student Brian Olson from the Department of Biological Sciences, in collaboration with MBA student Marin Rachev made up the winning team. The graduate team submitted their business proposal for a product named CannaMix. CannaMix is a patent-pending insecticide developed at FSU, in the Department of Biological Sciences, by Dr. Shirley Chao, Associate Professor and researcher. Join the department in congratulating Dr. Chao and her impressive team!


Pre-RISE scholars earned academic credit for Intro to College Algebra and Physical Education, while receiving an intensive preparation for fall enrollment in the Principles of Biology course through online mini-course. >> Read More

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The Lyons Science Annex

Department of Biological Sciences
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Lyons Science Annex, Room 124

Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (910) 672-1695
Fax: (910) 672-1159

Abdelmajid Kassem, Chair
Deborah Keller, Administrative Support Associate

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