Department of Biological Sciences

The University of Pittsburgh is a leading research university, and the discovery of new scientific knowledge is a major focus of the Department of Biological Sciences. Research within the Department is aimed at understanding a broad range of biological processes, from the molecular and biochemical to the organismal and population levels. The Department fosters a highly stimulating and interactive environment for the more than 25 individual research programs, and provides a foundation for exploring novel biological phenomena that require interdisciplinary approaches.


Department of Neuroscience

The Department of Neuroscience in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate education with innovative independent and collaborative research, a well-rounded curriculum, and a seminar series by the world’s most renowned leaders in the field of neuroscience.  Faculty in the department are also members of the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, which includes more than 85 faculty at Pitt and the School of Medicine to provide exceptional doctoral training.   Our undergraduate major is thriving and has grown to more than 300 students.  The department encourages interested undergraduate majors to gain research experience within an active neuroscience laboratory and many students do. To learn more, see the undergraduate research page.


Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry provides outstanding resources for research and career development, coupled with the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to being one of the world’s leading academic institutions, will enable you to achieve your educational and professional objectives.


Department of Bioengineering

Bioengineering research at the University of Pittsburgh incorporates the application of engineering and biologic principles, methods, and technology in two broad areas: scientific inquires into fundamental biological phenomena; development of instrumentation, materials, devices, and systems relative to application in the biological sciences and medicine. Active, externally funded areas of research include: computer processing of biologically derived signals; computer analysis of radiographic, ultrasonic, and nuclear magnetic resonance images; development of prostheses, artificial organs, and implantable sensors; development of medically related instrumentation; mathematical modeling of physiological systems; tissue engineering; environmental control technology using biological and physical chemical techniques; biomaterials and biocompatibility; musculoskeletal biomechanics and sports medicine; cardiovascular biomechanics; and, rehabilitation biomechanics.