The Biology Department consists of 30 faculty members, more than 65 graduate students and 7 full-time support staff members and is actively engaged in many facets of biological research. In 1990, the Biology Department was recognized as the best in the State of Louisiana by an independent panel of distinguished biologists.
Major facilities include the Microscopy Center, well equipped research laboratories, a nucleic acid analysis facility, aquatic laboratories, herbarium, zoological collections, a living protist culture collection, and a shop maintained by a full-time technician. Facilities on campus are augmented by a new 50-acre Center for Ecology and Environmental Technology (CEET) located about 6 miles from the main campus. Vehicles and small boats are available for field research, large marine research vessels are available at the LUMCON Marine Laboratory in Cocodrie, Louisiana. The National Wetland Research Center in the Research Park provides additional research opportunities.