Students taking water samples out at CERA


Our biology curriculum is among the nation’s most innovative; from your very first class, you learn how to think like a biologist, investigating and interpreting life processes. Biology intersects with many interdisciplinary studies and students are encouraged to participate in off-campus study and independent research, which may include the Conard Environmental Research Area and can prepare you for advanced study or a career in medicine, research, education, environmental science, health, conservation, or other fields.

Navigating our curriculum: Questions, answers, and information to help students successfully choose courses in Biology.

Department News

Close up of Clarkia xantiana, a flowering plant

Scientific Research from Home During the Pandemic Summer of 2020

How a biology professor and two students pivoted to make the best of a research opportunity

Leslie Gregg-Jolly Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Biology professor Leslie Gregg-Jolly honored for advancing educational equity in Iowa.
Lauren Frankel in front of computer monitor looking at camera.

Frankel Receives Research Prize

Lauren Frankel is a recipient of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists 2019 Undergraduate Research Prize.

Department Information

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