The Biology Department has three missions. First, the overall mission is to produce graduates with a broad-based knowledge of biology and the capacity of applying their education and critically evaluating emerging scientific knowledge. Second, the department is committed to providing research opportunities for faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. Research and publication enhance the recognition and prestige of the university and develop contacts and collaborations between Lamar faculty and colleagues elsewhere. Third, the Biology Department provides courses that fulfill the laboratory science for many degree plans and for the core curriculum.