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Biological Sciences Department records

 Collection
Identifier: RG0088

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection include records of the various departments, including meeting minutes from the Department of Biology. They range in date from 1937-79, and were transferred to the University Archives by the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Dates

  • 1937-1979

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Series 1 and 3 are closed to research for 25 years from date of record creation.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

The Department of Biological Sciences of The George Washington University offers research and study on a broad range of biological topics, from the molecular level to the organismal and ecosystem levels and on organisms covering a broad spectrum of taxonomic diversity. The Biological Sciences major is one of the most popular in the Columbian College, especially among students preparing for medical, dental, and veterinary programs and graduate programs in biology, zoology, and botany. Faculty and graduate students are actively engaged in research here on campus and in field sites around the world, and often collaborate with researchers at one of the many research institutes in the Washington, D.C., area.

Degree work includes courses in genetics, molecular biology, physiology, ecology, and botany. In the 1930's-50's course of study in geology, zoology, and psychology were also part of Biological Sciences. Dr. Donnell B. Young was the chair of the department from 1933-53, and served as assistant dean of the Junior College in Columbian College from 1939-44 in charge of science and premedical curricula. Dr. Edith Mortensen, is another prominent person in the history of the department, serving as a professor of zoology from 1936-72.

From 1965-72 the department published the bi-monthly newsletter of the Commission on Undergraduate Education in the Biological Sciences (CUEBS). The program was organized in 1963 and administered by Washington University in St. Louis until 1965, when the grant was transferred to GW. CUEBS marked the start of a cooperative effort by member of the biological sciences community to deal with education in biology and curriculum revision and change.

N.B. This history note was written in 2005

Extent

1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language

English

Abstract

Materials in this collection include records of the various departments, including meeting minutes from the Department of Biology. They range in date from 1937-79.

Collection Organization

Organized into three series: Departmental records 1937-1973; Departmental records 1977-1979; and Meeting minutes.

Acquisition Information

Materials were transferred to the University Archives by the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Title
Prelminary Guide to the Biological Sciences Department records, 1937-1979
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2007
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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