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A solid foundation...

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.

Find Your Career



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 some exciting events and news to share:

~Dr. James Raynor opens the new RISE Research and Training Facility!  
The new facility is located in the Lyons Science Building on the first floor.  

~The Dept. of Biological Sciences Received 100% Students Satisfaction!

100% satisfaction award
During the previous academic year (2015-2016), several academic programs and units in the Division of Academic Affairs have been randomly-selected and rated by FSU students for satisfaction with their services. This initiative was organized by BroncoBest.   Student satisfaction is an integral part of the goals of FSU, Academic Affairs Division, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Dept. of Biological Sciences and excellence in this area is in line with FSU's strategic goals and priorities, and enhance our retention and graduation rates.   We are proud to report that the Dept. of Biological Sciences was one of the only 11 Departments and units to receive 100% satisfactory rating and the "100% Students Satisfaction Award Certificate" was presented to the Dept. Chair, Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem at the Award Ceremony during the Academic Affairs Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday August 10, 2016 at the Student Center.   On behalf of the Dept., we would like to thank our students very much for their rating, our faculty and staff and everyone else who contributed to this great achievement!   Abdelmajid Kassem    

~Dr. Shirley Chao's Summer Research
Jancie Brown studies pesticide effects on zebrafish behavior in the summer Mcnair  program.                                                                                                                                                                               Jancie Brown

~Look out for the list of spring semester Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series.

~Biology opens new facility "The REEF at FSU"

Located in Lyons Science room 105,  The REEF at FSU is one of the few places in Central North Carolina to experience a coral reef, and interact with coral reef organisms. Along with providing community education programs, we use the facility as a training ground for teachers, provide research opportunities to undergraduates, and introduce K-12 students to how a degree in STEM disciplines can lead to a stable career.  The REEF is open to the public for group visits MWF 9:00AM- 12:00PM.  FSU students may stop in for free TR 9-12.  Visit our website , watch our  trailer or read an article for more information.


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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