The Department of Biology was established in 1970. From a small department, heavily dependent on bought-in, part-time academic staff the department has grown to be amongst the largest in the College. Until 1979, the Department was involved solely in teaching a component of the three year BSc (General) degree. In that year, three events, significant to the development of the Department, occurred:
Since that time, the Department has expanded steadily in terms of numbers of undergraduates, postgraduates, post-doctoral workers and academic and support staff and in the range of courses offered. The research activities of the department have increased significantly in scope and the department has established international reputations in areas of Biological Control, Bioinformatics, Immunology, Medical Mycology, Molecular Genetics and Plant Biotechnology. The success in research is measurable in terms of publications and research grants obtained and postgraduate students who have completed their degrees.