Biology: Biomedical, B.A.
Biology: Teaching, B.A.
Biology: Biomedical: Honors Research, B.A.
Biology: Honors Research, B.A.
Biology: Honors Research, B.S.
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Are you looking for more challenge?
Look into a B.S. in biology. Some of our strongest students choose this degree. You would take more science and math than with the other degrees and would work with a professor doing your original scientific research. This degree is ideal if you are planning to go into scientific research or on to further education. In addition to the regular courses, you should take calculus in freshman or sophomore year.
Majors and Minors B.A. in biology (General)
If you want to customize your courses to emphasize your special interests, this general biology major is ideal for you. If you want a broad education in biology, or your interest is in specific areas such as plants, this major is designed for you.
B.A. in biology: biomedical emphasis
If you want to become a doctor or other medical professional, this major is designed for you. You will concentrate on courses in biomedical areas such as physiology and anatomy.
(Extended program—requires extra time)
This degree prepares you to teach biology, life science, and other secondary science courses. It includes a lot of biology, plus teaching methods courses.
This emphasis prepares you for careers with private or government agencies involved in ecological restoration, endangered species recovery, biological surveys, or for work in zoos, nature centers, museums or botanical gardens.
Students majoring in chemistry, psychology, anthropology or anything else can learn more about biology by taking introductory biology and other courses of their choice.
This minor allows students, who have an approved major in another science teaching area, to become certified to teach biology in secondary schools in Iowa.
Our biology majors all require chemistry classes, and you could add a chemistry minor by taking additional ones. For some programs this involves only one extra course. Or you could branch out to minors in other areas, such as psychology or anthropology. Also, each year a few students graduate with a double major, e.g., biology and chemistry, psychology, music, or another major. This is a demanding but feasible combination.
Plan of Study
Discover the courses you'll take as a biology major in the Plan of Study.
Sample Careers in Biology
doctor or other medical professional
secondary science teacher
private or government agencies
endangered species recovery
health sciences or industry
work in zoos
museums or botanical gardens
modern biotechnology fields
interpreter with park systems
Outstanding faculty have won many teaching and research awards and are dedicated to educating students. These faculty understand the value of blending classroom teaching with experiential learning outside the classroom.
A full-time biology academic advisor to assist majors with their academic needs
Many small classes and laboratories allowing close contact with professors
Opportunities to pursue undergraduate research
Cooperative arrangements with several medical and graduate schools for summer research experiences at other locations
Field trips to natural and agricultural areas
Housed in McCollum Science Hall, the Biology Research Complex and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, with extensive, well-equipped lecture halls and laboratory classrooms with multimedia capability
Unique outdoor classrooms provided by the UNI Biological Preserves System, 160 acres of native and reconstructed prairies and forests
Two greenhouses featuring tropical, desert and propagating rooms
Scanning electron microscope
State-of-the-art teaching and research equipment in molecular and cellular biology, immunology, video image analysis, and environmental measurements
Summer classes at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in northwest Iowa
A nationally listed herbarium with over 45,000 plant specimens
Insect collection with thousands of specimens
Vehicles (vans and truck) for field trips, research and visits to graduate and professional schools
An active chapter of Beta Beta Beta, a biology honor society for undergraduates that sponsors many service activities and emphasizes student-to-student interactions
Other student clubs with many biology majors include the Biotechnology Club, the Botany Club, the Conservation Club, the Northern Iowa Natural History Interpreters, the Pre-Chiropractic Club, the Pre-Dental Club, the Pre-Medical Club, the Pre-Mortuary/Forensic Science Club, the Pre-Optometry Club, the Pre-Pharmacy Club, the Pre-Physical Therapy Club, the Pre-Vet Club and the Student Environmental Action Coalition
College of Natural Sciences tuition scholarships are available. Applicants must compete in a test at UNI’s Science, Mathematics and Technology Symposium in the fall of their senior year of high school for some scholarships.
More information on department scholarships can found at Financial Aid.