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The facility includes refurbished teaching and research laboratories, classroom and office space, a science library, a computer laboratory, and several study areas. The addition connects two of the wings with a courtyard in between. The building houses the departments of biology...
The facility includes refurbished teaching and research laboratories, classroom and office space, a science library, a computer laboratory, and several study areas. The addition connects two of the wings with a courtyard in between. The building houses the departments of biology...

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Course Overview Welcome to Grinnell's first course in biology, Bio-150 Introduction to Biological Inquiry! As a consequence of our growing understanding of how people best learn scientific principles, we have designed this course to be distinct from most college introductory...
Introduction to Biology 251 All of you have taken Biology 150, Introduction to Biological Inquiry. Each section emphasized skills important to all scientists: reading the literature, defining a good question, designing a good experiment, learning the tools to carry out that...
Introduction to Biology 252 BIO 252-Orqanisms, Evolution, and Ecology-asks you to increase the spatial and temporal scale at which you study biology, relative to the course's major pre-requisite, BIO 251. The course retains a focus on organisms as the center of biology. As BIO...
The Department of Biology is located in the Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center. Phase One of a major renovation and new construction for the biology, chemistry and physics departments was completed in 1997. Phase Two, a substantial renovation and partial construction, was...
Planning Your Courses Sample Schedules Biology 1st year Fall - Bio 150 or Chm 129; Math 131 (123) 1st year Spring - Bio 150 or Chm 129; **Math 133 (124) 2nd year Fall - Bio 251; Chm 221++ 2nd year Spring - Bio 252; **Chm 222 or **Math 209 3rd and 4th years - 5 electives* (can...
Department: Biology Contact Information: biosepc[at]grinnell[dot]edu The BioSEPC is a student-faculty liaison which provides the faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum and other department issues. As our primary duty, we survey students and summarize...
Course times and locations (Office of the Registrar) Bio-150 section titles & descriptions All other biology course descriptions (College Catalog) Planned Electives (300-level) and Faculty Leaves for the next two years. "Investigations," A Handbook for Biology &...
Jonathan Brown, Professor of Biology The National Science Foundation has funded, "Evolution of Color Variation in Hawaiian Damselflies: Causal Links for an Ecological Selection Hypothesis," as part of its Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions program (DEB...
Academic Year 15-16 Future Electives Professors DeRidder and Hinsa-Leasure are eligible for leaves. Fall 2015 Spring 2016 Bio 240 – Animal Behavior Bio 220 – Racing through Genetics Bio 305 – Evolution of the Iowa Flora Bio 340 – Aquatic Biology Bio 343 – Comparative Vertebrate...
Faculty Research Interests Jonathan Brown - Evolution of Ecological Interactions; Molecular systematics David Campbell - Pathobiology; Ecology of tropical forests, particularly in the Brazilian Amazon, Belize and tropical China Ben DeRidder - Plant Molecular Biology and...
Planning for off-campus study requires careful consideration. It is to your advantage to begin the planning process in your first year. If you are planning an off-campus experience you should plan to be away during your 5th, 6th, or 7th semester. Biological chemistry and...

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Are you interested in learning more about a healthy, active lifestyle and about rehabilitation? Two free public talks on the research and practice of movement science, with a specific focus on physical therapy, are part of the Inaugural Meeting of the Pre-Physical Therapy...
Are you interested in learning more about a healthy, active lifestyle and about rehabilitation? Two free public talks on the research and practice of movement science, with a specific focus on physical therapy, are part of the Inaugural Meeting of the Pre-Physical Therapy...
Grinnell College faculty, staff, students, and the general public are invited to attend the College's 2015 Faculty Named Chair Installation Ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. The event will take place in Herrick Chapel. This celebration provides a unique opportunity to honor...
Grinnell College faculty, staff, students, and the general public are invited to attend the College's 2015 Faculty Named Chair Installation Ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. The event will take place in Herrick Chapel. This celebration provides a unique opportunity to honor...
A free program of courses for adults will be available this summer through the Adult Community Exploration Series (ACES), an initiative of the Community Education Council and Grinnell College. Four courses, each two session long and taught by a faculty member, will be held on...
Given that over 60 percent of Grinnell’s students participate in study-abroad programs, it’s no wonder Grinnell has a reputation for being globally focused. Not only is off-campus study an awesome opportunity to expand your international education, it’s also an unforgettable...
*/ Studying is hard, especially when you’re just getting used to college classes or transitioning from introductory courses to higher-level studies. But it doesn’t have to be so hard that you feel like you’re not getting anywhere! Read on to learn tried and true techniques for...
Tayler Chicoine ’14 often can be found on an environmental mission, testing the waters of Little Bear Creek in Grinnell, Iowa. Like many Grinnell students, Chicoine has taken full advantage of Grinnell College’s exceptional array of internships, Mentored Advanced Projects, and...
For the past decade, Grinnell College has prioritized environmental sustainability, which is itself a social justice issue, in both constructing new buildings and maintaining century-old ones. Building a Sustainable Campus The Conard Environmental Research Area’s Environmental...
As I sit in my laboratory, the radio plays "Green Grow the Rushes Oh" and I am swept back in an instant to the summer of 1957 when 10 of us wended our way down to the Chiricahua Mountains in Arizona, where we spent eight weeks at the Southwest Research Station as part of our...
Keeping track of nearly twenty local environmental groups can be difficult for the sustainability-minded student. The student-led A More Sustainable Grinnell conference is designed to help. The conference will provide information about the environmental history of the College,...
Keeping track of nearly twenty local environmental groups can be difficult for the sustainability-minded student. The student-led A More Sustainable Grinnell conference is designed to help. The conference will provide information about the environmental history of the College,...
Grinnell College student Conard Lee ’16, a biology major, was one of 24 undergraduates from top colleges and universities nationwide and abroad who sailed the high seas this spring to tackle one of the most prominent scientific challenges of their generation: global climate...
Born in Ambato, Ecuador, Alfredo Colina ’17 emigrated from his homeland to Washington, D.C., when he was 10 years old. Coming to Grinnell as a D.C. Posse Foundation scholar marked his first real experience outside of a big city. “Being in a rural area surrounded by farms and...
Shannon Hinsa-Leasure, associate professor of biology, along with her students and collaborators, are researching ways to develop novel technology to study the diversity of antibiotic-resistance genes and how the genes can be transferred between bacteria. The research is funded...
Shannon Hinsa-Leasure, associate professor of biology, along with her students and collaborators, are researching ways to develop novel technology to study the diversity of antibiotic-resistance genes and how the genes can be transferred between bacteria. The research is funded...
*/ Grinnell College will host a national conference June 19-20 that seeks innovative ways to train faculty and to develop creative approaches that foster diversity and inclusion in the sciences. The conference includes four free, public keynote talks in Noyce Science Center,...
Rebecca Rasmussen ’16 and Edward Hsieh ’16 helped find what turned out to be the largest super colony of ants ever recorded in North America. By large, we mean all the way from Iowa to the Appalachian Mountains. Those Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs) in summer 2014 earned them...
Rebecca Rasmussen ’16 and Edward Hsieh ’16 helped find what turned out to be the largest super colony of ants ever recorded in North America. By large, we mean all the way from Iowa to the Appalachian Mountains. Those Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs) in summer 2014 earned them...
Two Grinnell students recently won awards for research presentations at the Iowa Physiological Society (IPS) annual meeting in Des Moines. IPS provides networking opportunities for physiologists in applied research and teaching. “The IPS experience gives the students an...
Off-campus study (OCS) is a major part of the Grinnell experience, in part because so many students — nearly 60 percent — spend at least one semester away from campus. That was one of the reasons Florian Perret ’15 chose Grinnell. “I have this wanderlust,” he says. “I wanted to...
Off-campus study (OCS) is a major part of the Grinnell experience, in part because so many students — nearly 60 percent — spend at least one semester away from campus. That was one of the reasons Florian Perret ’15 chose Grinnell. “I have this wanderlust,” he says. “I wanted to...
Woodland Wildflower Hike Join Elizabeth Hill, manager of Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), on a woodland wildflower hike at CERA on Thursday, May 1. Spring ephemeral wildflowers grow and flower before the forest trees leaf out and are only around for a few weeks. On the...
CERA will be closed to the public during our annual managed deer hunt December 12-20, 2015. Please contact Elizabeth Hill, (641) 260-6942 with questions. 
CERA will be closed to the public during our annual managed deer hunt December 12-20, 2015. Please contact Elizabeth Hill, (641) 260-6942 with questions. 
Volunteers are needed to transplant seedlings, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at Conard Environmental Research Area Greenhouse. Are you interested in learning more about prairie, savanna, and wetland plants? Do you want to spend more time with plants? Join CERA...
Jessi L. Smith, a noted expert on social psychology, will deliver the Scholars' Convocation at noon Wednesday, April 1, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The lecture is free and open to the public with a free pizza lunch provided. Smith, a professor of psychology at...
If you use social media, chances are you’ve heard of “slacktivism.” It’s social media activism, such as when someone signs an online petition or participates in something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness. These actions require little effort and can help make...
Liz Queathem, senior lecturer in Biology and co-chair of the Sustainability Planning Committee, will deliver a public lecture on the current state of climate change, and the prospects for progress at the United National Climate Change Conference that will take place in Paris Nov...
Liz Queathem, senior lecturer in Biology and co-chair of the Sustainability Planning Committee, will deliver a public lecture on the current state of climate change, and the prospects for progress at the United National Climate Change Conference that will take place in Paris Nov...
Carissa Shoemaker ’14 and Stephanie Porter ’14 organized "A More Sustainable Grinnell" this December. It's aim, they said, was to bring “order, cooperation, and cohesion to the environmental groups on campus” through a discussion of current sustainability practices on campus, as...
The Cyperaceae plant family includes sedges (Carex spp.), bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.), cottongrassses (Eriophorum spp.), spikerushes (Eleocharis spp.), and in Iowa, over 160 species of grass-like, tufted plants with reduced flowers, found primarily in wetlands, but also in...
The Cyperaceae plant family includes sedges (Carex spp.), bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.), cottongrassses (Eriophorum spp.), spikerushes (Eleocharis spp.), and in Iowa, over 160 species of grass-like, tufted plants with reduced flowers, found primarily in wetlands, but also in...
Grinnell College will host a series of events throughout April and early May in celebration of Earth Month. The free, public events will be focused on local food, volunteering and exploration. The events will take place throughout the city, with a focus toward "getting rooted in...
It was straight out of Wild Kingdom. Misha, an Amur tiger at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, approached the horned zebra, batted it with her front paws, then knocked down the prey, which clattered onto a pile of rocks. Resuming her attack, Misha tore off pieces with her powerful...
Tweeting, the Inez Louise Henely 1914 Best in Show-winner at the 2014 Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX), is a series of 14 pieces of handmade paper with watermarks of text from Twitter. The artist, Delia Salomon ’14, explains what led her to create this work. “When I learned how...
Tweeting, the Inez Louise Henely 1914 Best in Show-winner at the 2014 Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX), is a series of 14 pieces of handmade paper with watermarks of text from Twitter. The artist, Delia Salomon ’14, explains what led her to create this work. “When I learned how...
Two courses of students and faculty participated in international field trips during winter break 2013.  Kathy Jacobson and Peter Jacobson, associate professors of biology, traveled with students from their Namib Desert Ecology course.  Students in Korea's Economic Development...
Two courses of students and faculty participated in international field trips during winter break 2013.  Kathy Jacobson and Peter Jacobson, associate professors of biology, traveled with students from their Namib Desert Ecology course.  Students in Korea's Economic Development...
Before classes begin, the Grinnell Science Project (GSP) brings together selected students who are interested in science and creates a community that helps them feel comfortable with college life both inside and outside the classroom. “GSP was a huge blessing. For one thing, the...
The Faulconer Gallery’s thought-provoking art exhibitions benefit more than the casual visitor. Students in courses across science, social studies, and humanities disciplines find that the Faulconer is more than just an art gallery — it’s an extension of the classroom.  Gallery...
The Faulconer Gallery’s thought-provoking art exhibitions benefit more than the casual visitor. Students in courses across science, social studies, and humanities disciplines find that the Faulconer is more than just an art gallery — it’s an extension of the classroom.  Gallery...
Mary Seely, a scientist with a history of work in environmental science, education and policy in southern Africa, will deliver a lecture at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, the Noyce Science Center, Room 2021. Seely's lecture is titled "Gobabeb, Grinnell and the Namib Sand...
  Maddie Cloud ’14 and Eric Streed ’14 spent the summer studying damselfly genes mentored by Jackie Brown, biology. They evaluated the role of isolation between islands as a barrier to gene flow in two multi-island species of Hawaiian damselflies. Their research included using a...
  Maddie Cloud ’14 and Eric Streed ’14 spent the summer studying damselfly genes mentored by Jackie Brown, biology. They evaluated the role of isolation between islands as a barrier to gene flow in two multi-island species of Hawaiian damselflies. Their research included using a...
In a way, you could say the academic drive that eventually led Doug Bechtel ’89 to his new job as executive director of Audubon International started in a Shakespeare class at Grinnell College. A class in which he struggled. “The Grinnell faculty fostered in me and my classmates...
Grinnell College will host three outdoor performances of “Nature — A Walking Play” about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau from Sept. 11-13 at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA). TigerLion Arts will present the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual...
8–10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6, Conard Environmental Research AreaRain date: Sat., Sept. 7. Call 641-269-4384 for rain-call information. Experience the allure and beauty of the prairie after the sun sets as you explore the College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)....
8–10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6, Conard Environmental Research AreaRain date: Sat., Sept. 7. Call 641-269-4384 for rain-call information. Experience the allure and beauty of the prairie after the sun sets as you explore the College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)....
  Grinnell College turned the biology curriculum upside down, involving entry-level biology students in cutting-edge research and offering a unique, hands-on, research-based introductory course — Biology 150: Introduction to Biological Inquiry.  Grinnellians’ first course in...
  Grinnell College turned the biology curriculum upside down, involving entry-level biology students in cutting-edge research and offering a unique, hands-on, research-based introductory course — Biology 150: Introduction to Biological Inquiry.  Grinnellians’ first course in...
Come join in an interactive discussion of microbiology and how novel technologies have created opportunities to access and learn about our microbial neighbors and how they influence our lives. Adina Howe, Iowa State University assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems...
Come join in an interactive discussion of microbiology and how novel technologies have created opportunities to access and learn about our microbial neighbors and how they influence our lives. Adina Howe, Iowa State University assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems...
For many Grinnell students, the College-owned prairie down Interstate Highway 80 is much more than a place to do biological research — though plenty of that happens. It’s a place where you can write, read or paint, listen, canoe, or meditate. The 365-acre Conard Environmental...
For many Grinnell students, the College-owned prairie down Interstate Highway 80 is much more than a place to do biological research — though plenty of that happens. It’s a place where you can write, read or paint, listen, canoe, or meditate. The 365-acre Conard Environmental...
When you take science classes at Grinnell, research is part of the learning experience from your very first course. Biology 150, an introductory course, “gives students an authentic, accurate experience in what it’s like to do research,” says Clark Lindgren, professor of biology...
“It’s really valuable to do research outside of your classroom lab,” says Emily Stuchiner ’15, a biology major with a concentration in environmental studies. She worked on a research project at Columbia University in New York. “If you’re an aspiring biologist or scientist, this...
“It’s really valuable to do research outside of your classroom lab,” says Emily Stuchiner ’15, a biology major with a concentration in environmental studies. She worked on a research project at Columbia University in New York. “If you’re an aspiring biologist or scientist, this...
 As 21st century racism unfolds and recedes under scientific scrutiny of human sameness and differences, the American studies concentration in collaboration with the art & art history and biology departments, have invited Bio-Artist Prof Paul Vanouse.     Over the last...
 As 21st century racism unfolds and recedes under scientific scrutiny of human sameness and differences, the American studies concentration in collaboration with the art & art history and biology departments, have invited Bio-Artist Prof Paul Vanouse.     Over the last...
Grinnell students, faculty, and alumni joined more than 30,000 colleagues from more than 80 countries at 2015 Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting. Faculty joined the students as they presented their Mentored Advanced Projects (MAP) research at the Faculty for...
Grinnell College is a perfect springboard for students who plan to become future physicians, veterinarians, and other health professionals. Grinnell students receive expert guidance from faculty and staff and rigorous courses that help them enter the nation’s top medical and...
Birds captivate us through color, song, and flight. Where have they been? Where are they going? Will they return? A partnership between Grinnell College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) and experienced bird bander Robert Van Ersvelde will help answer these questions...
Students are working as neuroscientists in Clark Lingren’s The Language of Neurons, an introduction to biology course. In 2000, Grinnell College turned the biology curriculum upside down, involving entry-level biology students in cutting-edge research and offering a unique,...
  Grinnellians are helping Grinnellians get enough sleep.   This summer four computer science majors worked on project designed specifically for Grinnellians that will help students track their sleep and encourage good sleep habits. Janet Davis, associate professor of computer...
  Grinnellians are helping Grinnellians get enough sleep.   This summer four computer science majors worked on project designed specifically for Grinnellians that will help students track their sleep and encourage good sleep habits. Janet Davis, associate professor of computer...
Jeffrey Kinsella-Shaw will present “Visual Contrast Sensitivity as a Biomarker of Neuro-Developmental Age and Connectivity,” 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center, Room 2022. In this free public event, he will discuss his dynamical-systems theoretic...
Jeffrey Kinsella-Shaw will present “Visual Contrast Sensitivity as a Biomarker of Neuro-Developmental Age and Connectivity,” 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center, Room 2022. In this free public event, he will discuss his dynamical-systems theoretic...
Savanna Restoration and Greenhouse Work Day​ Join Grinnellians and other volunteers on Saturday, February 20, 2016, for a volunteer work day at  Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA).  The group will be working on two projects: savanna restoration mop-up (making piles and...
  Panel: 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer GalleryPanel: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer Gallery A “Wunderkammer,” or room of wonders, was at once a study, a laboratory, and a social space wherein people collected oddities and were...

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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...
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...
The CERA Committee is a set of faculty, staff, and students who work with the CERA Director (a Biology faculty member) and the CERA Manager (a staff member who works for the Center for Prairie Studies and the Biology Department) to administer CERA. The Committee helps coordinate...

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FOR FACULTY ADVISER USE ONLY. This form is submitted to the Chair of the Department of Biology for final approval, then forwarded to the Office of the Registrar by the Chair.