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Department of Biology

The Academic Department Dashboard provides an overview of the performance of UNO academic departments over time. This dashboard--which relies on data visualization--replaces the Academic Department Indicators series which was printed and distributed to UNO academic departments on an annual basis starting in 1980. Dashboards for individual academic department indicators, filterable by year, college and department are available through the Performance INformation Gateway (PING) web site under Academic & Dept. Indicators/Academic Department Indicators (ADI) Dashboards.

Most figures portray trend information for the most recent 10 year period. Tables present data for the most recent 5 years. All figures are clickable; for example, to see the trend only for Lower Division and Upper Division SCH in Figure 1, click on Total and Graduate to hide their trends. See the Notes and Sources section at the end of this profile for information on data sources and time periods.

Student Demand

Student Credit Hour Enrollment

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Table 1. Dept of Biology Academic Year Student Credit Hour Enrollment: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Student Credit Hours 13,590 13,591 13,862 14,545 14,520
Lower Division Student Credit Hours 10,263 10,248 10,367 10,794 10,384
Upper Division Student Credit Hours 3,026 2,984 3,110 3,501 3,786
Graduate Division Student Credit Hours 301 359 385 250 350

Student Majors by Level

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Table 2. Dept of Biology Majors and Minors: Fall 2008 Through 2012

Category Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012
BA/BS Major 647 631 652 663 738
BGS 23 24 26 24 17
Masters 23 25 22 24 24
Minors 5 6 13 24 25

Table 3. Dept of Biology Fall Semester Undergraduate Majors by Plan: 2008 Through 2012

Category Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012
BGS-Biology Concen 18 22 21 14 10
BGS-Env Studies Concen 5 2 5 10 7
Biology 467 476 474 483 534
Biotechnology 124 108 124 125 132
Envir Studies-Life Sci Concen 56 47 54 51 67
Bioinformatics 0 0 0 4 5

Comparison of Undergraduate Interest in Biology at UNO and U.S. Undergraduate Interest in Biological/Biomedical Sciences Degrees

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Courses and Learning Opportunities

Total Course Sections Offered by Level

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Table 4. Dept of Biology Academic Year Organized Course Sections: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total 183 182 174 172 177
Undergraduate 173 166 161 164 167
Graduate 11 16 13 8 10

Specialized Course Offerings: Service Learning, Internships, Distance and First-Year Experience Courses

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Student Degree Completion

Degrees Awarded by Level and Major Program

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Table 5. Dept of Biology Academic Year Degrees Awarded by Level: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Degrees 110 110 138 121 122
Bachelors Degree 101 101 125 111 113
BGS Degree 2 2 3 4 3
Masters Degree 7 7 10 6 6

Table 6. Dept of Biology Academic Year Degrees Awarded by Major Program: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
BGS-Biology Concen 1 2 2 2 1
BGS-Env Studies Concen 1 0 1 2 2
Biology 65 75 97 80 74
Biotechnology 28 21 24 25 31
Envir Studies-Life Sci Concen 8 5 3 6 8
Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 0

Faculty and Staff

FTE Faculty and Salary Expenditures

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Table 7. Dept of Biology Academic Year FTE Faculty by Appointment: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Faculty FTE 29.25 26.55 26.54 27.74 26.38
Full-Time FTE 20.75 18.83 17.66 19.25 18.75
Part-Time FTE 4.31 3.17 3.44 4.29 3.29
TA FTE 4.19 4.55 5.44 4.21 4.34

Table 8. Dept of Biology Academic Year Faculty Salary Expenditures: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Faculty Salaries $1,695,394 $1,590,126 $1,573,502 $1,622,932 $1,528,133
Full-Time Faculty Salaries $1,362,106 $1,247,413 $1,196,145 $1,285,943 $1,202,950
Part-Time Faculty Salaries $184,678 $163,896 $174,700 $179,250 $143,424
TA Salaries $148,610 $178,817 $202,657 $157,740 $181,760

Faculty and Staff Characteristics

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Table 9. Dept of Biology Academic Year Total Staffing: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty 21 19 19 17 18
Non-Tenured Faculty 11 10 13 11 13
Staff 6 5 6 5 5

Table 10. Dept of Biology Academic Year Total Staffing: 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty: Minority 1 1 1 1 1
Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty: Caucasian 20 18 18 16 17
Non-Tenured Faculty: Minority 1 2 3 2 2
Non-Tenured Faculty: Caucasian 10 8 10 9 11

Financial Resources

Departmental State-Aided Budget

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Table 11. Dept of Biology State-Aided Budget (all sub-units): 2008-09 Through 2012-13

Category 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Total Personal Services $2,256,284 $2,176,689 $2,239,078 $2,188,122 $2,222,905
Total Budget $2,363,653 $2,284,058 $2,346,447 $2,295,491 $2,330,274

Departmental External Funding

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Table 12. Dept of Biology External Funding: 2007-08 Through 2011-12

Category 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
Research $366,284 $485,815 $995,210 $697,248 $156,822
Public Service $0 $0 $0 $49,024 $0
Instruction $15,400 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total External Funding $381,684 $485,815 $995,210 $746,272 $156,822

Productivity Measures

UNO SCH/FTE Ratio

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Delaware Measures of Faculty Instructional Productivity

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Delaware Measures of Faculty Research Productivity

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Student Evaluation of Teaching

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Department Measurement of Learning Outcomes

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This section could include trend data or most recent data from assessment of student projects; NSSE trend data; and UNO Post-Graduation Plans Survey data.

Completion Rates for Freshmen Cohort Members Declaring a Major in the Department of Biology

Note: This information is based on the Fall 2005 entering freshman cohort. The cohort was tracked through the fall 2011 semester. The number of fall cohort freshmen declaring a major offered by the Department of Biology is only a subset of all majors in the Department. Most students select a major offered by the Department of Biology, or a BGS concentration in a related area, subsequent to enrolling as freshmen, or transferring from another university/college.

Table 13. Six-year Graduation and Completion Information for Fall 2005 Freshmen with Majors in Dept of Biology (tracked through Fall 2011)

Dept Major Cohort Size Number Graduated in 6 Years Percent of Cohort Number Graduating in Entry Major Percent of Those Graduating Number Graduating in Other Program in Entry College Number Graduating in Other UNO Colleges
Biology 54 20 37.0% 2 10.0% 7 11
Biotechnology 7 3 42.9% 1 33.3% 2 0
Envir Studies 9 7 77.8% 3 42.9% 3 1
College of Arts & Sciences 605 203 33.6% 34 16.7% 85 24

Digital Measures Faculty Scholarship and Service

This section can be expanded to include recent year information for scholarship, service to profession and community, and faculty honors.

Table 14. Dept of Biology 2012 Pubications

Faculty Dept Refereed Journal Articles Ref Journal Articles Per T-TT Fac Total Refereed Publications Tot Refereed Pubs Per T-TT Faculty
Biology 16 0.9 17 1.0
College of Arts & Sciences 93 0.7 188 1.4
UNO 297 0.5 609 1.5

Department Trends in the Broader UNO Campus Context

Relationship Between Change in Departmental Faculty FTE, Change in Total SCH, and Number of Majors

Note: To avoid distortion, Figure 32 does not include data for International Studies due its small base and large percent change in one or more values. The change in faculty was -87.9%, change in SCH was +35.6%, and total majors was 176.

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Relationship Between Change in Total Departmental Course Sections Offered, Change in Total SCH, and Number of FTE Faculty

Note: To avoid distortion, Figure 33 does not include data for Gerontology due to its small base and large percent change in one or more values. The change in organized sections offered was +70.9%, change in SCH was +29.5%, and total faculty was 8.6 FTE.

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Relationship Between Change in Departmental Faculty FTE, Change in Cost of Faculty Salaries, and Number of Majors

Note: To avoid distortion, Figure 24 does not include data for the International Studies and Writer's Workshop departments due to their small base and large percent change in one or more values. For International Studies, the change in faculty FTE was -87.9%, change in faculty salary spending was -69.4%, and the number of majors was 170. For Writer's Workshop, the change in faculty FTE was +15.7%, the change in faculty salary spending was +51.7%, and the number of majors was 110.

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Notes Table. Data Sources and Academic Year Time Periods Used in the Academic Department Profile

Indicator Academic Year Period Covered Source
SCH: Student Credit Hours Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Majors Fall Semester UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Course Sections Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Degrees Summer, Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
FTE Faculty Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Faculty Salary Expenditures Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Faculty and Staff Characteristics Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, HR Database
SCH/FTE Summer, Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database
Delaware Measures of Faculty Productivity Fall Semester University of Delaware, The National Study of Instructional Costs & Productivity
Course Evaluations Fall & Spring Semesters UNO Institutional Research, Course Evaluation Database
Six-Year Graduation Rate by Program Fall Semester Entering Freshman Cohort UNO Institutional Research, Census Freshman Cohort Database
Department Trends in UNO Context Time Point Varies with Indicator; see specific indicators aboves UNO Institutional Research, ADI Database

This Academic Department Profile was developed by the UNO Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Decision Support Services. The electronic profile replaces the printed Academic Department Indicators series, which was produced annually from 1980 through 2011.