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One of the most unique assets of the University of West Florida is its surrounding marine environment. A significant number of students come to UWF not just to enjoy the nearby sugar-white beaches, but also to study the dynamic cultural and natural resources of the maritime environment.

In addition, The University of West Florida is one of only a few institutions in the U.S. that offers a degree in Marine Biology at the undergraduate level. Ideally located to study the marine environment, the main campus includes 300 acres of estuarine marshes and wetlands with an additional 150 acres located on Santa Rosa Island on the Gulf of Mexico which contains beach dune, salt marsh, tidal flat, and sea grass ecosystems.

Biology Newsletter Fall 2016

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Download the Biology Newsletter for Fall 2016

Welcome to the start of Fall semester! We are excited to have you as a student in the department. The faculty and advisors are here to help facilitate your learning and understanding as you make your way through this term. There are several ways to get involved and to get to know your faculty!

Make use of your professors by asking questions in class and participating in office hours. We are here and ready to help! Office hour availability is posted outside each professor’s door. Are you interested in participating in a Directed Independent Study? Get to know your professors and their research to get involved. Check out the faculty webpage.

This Fall Biology has close to 850 undergraduate majors, with around 250 new incoming freshman, and about 30 graduate students. Our Biology majors hail from 33 states and 5 foreign countries. We also welcome two new faculty members to the department, Dr. Scott Taylor and Dr. Derek Tucker. The Biology Department is implementing a new Biomedical degree, which will take the place of the existing Pre-professional specialization. Sometime in the spring semester, you should see the start of work on the new Biology Annex building addition to the two existing Biology buildings giving us more classroom, office, and research lab space. We look forward to an exciting year with a lot of new starts, and I encourage everyone to turn out for the WELCOME BACK BBQ on Friday, August 26th!

Buy your UWF Biology T-shirts today!

Show your Biology pride by buying a UWF Biology t-shirt for you, your friends, and your family! 

You can pick up an order form and pay for your shirts in one of the following locations: 

Dr. Alexis Janosik: Building 58, Room 61

Karen Gibbs: Building 58, Room 79

April Boyett: Building 58, Room 62-I


Graduating this Year? Consider Giving to Biology

UWF Class Gift Program

Your class gift of $20.16 or more will give you the opportunity to elect to receive a commemorative medallion to wear at commencement. You can designate your gift to benefit the Biology department!

Make a gift of $20.16 or more online or in Bldg 12 - Please note that you'd like to Donate money to the Biology department. 

You can pick up your medallion in Bldg 12, or from the Alumni table at graduation before the ceremony begins. Please arrive early for pick up. If you are not local, you can request that we mail your medallion to you by e-mailing your information to

Your gift will make an impact on future Biology students.