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A new experimental course on macroevolution (BIOL 465X) is being offered for Spring 2018. Completion of BIOL 315 (biological evolution) is recommended prior to taking this course, which will explore patterns of biodiversity in the fossil record, how traits change over time, the effect of ecological and biogeographic patterns on diversity, and more. Professors Dean Adams and Tracy Heath will be teaching the course, and it will count as an advanced biology course for Biology majors.
Our peer mentors are ready and able to assist students taking BIOL 211+L and BIOL 212+L during the Fall 2017 semester, as well as with other introductory courses such as chemistry. The help room will be staffed Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and is located in room 110 Bessey Hall.
A new 1 credit course is available at Iowa State for students interested in research. U ST 275X (Integrative Undergraduate Pre-Research Methods, Applications, and Communication Strategies) will teach students how to prepare for careers in research, identify mentors and research-related job opportunities on campus, and provide insight into national science scholarships and summer research fellowships nationwide.
This coming Fall 2017 a new seminar (BIOL 495) will be offered. The course will be structured like a journal club and involve weekly meetings with discussions led by classmates on the topics of ecology and evolutionary biology. See here for more information and how to sign up: https://www.biology.iastate.edu/biol-495-section-eb
The Faculty Senate recently approved the addition of a new minor: Pharmacology and Toxicology. This minor will be overseen by the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Technology (BMS) and is especially appropriate for students considering post-graduate professional programs such as human medicine or vetrinary medicine. Courses will focus on the effects of drugs and toxins on both animal and environmental systems. The minor will require completion of 15 credits.