Iowa State University is a major center for research and education in the biological sciences. Students have the opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s leaders in biological research and teaching and to participate in innovative, meaningful research projects that explore frontiers of biology. Few other universities have such a wealth of faculty expertise available to undergraduate students. A bachelor’s degree in biology provides excellent preparation for graduate study in biological disciplines ranging from the molecular to the ecological levels, and for entrance into various professional schools, such as human medicine, physical therapy, or veterinary medicine. Read more about
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.
The Biological Sciences Club (BSC) has launched a more accessible Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ISU.BSC/
Students of all majors are free to follow this Facebook group and attend club meetings. Pass on the word to anyone interested in biological sciences!
Dr. Jean Serb will be offering her BIOL 495 seminar "Sensory Biology" for Spring 2017. This course will explore how various organisms sense and navigate their environments.
Interested in both biology and earth sciences? A new experimental course called Environmental Biogeochemistry will explore both of these topics. This course will be co-taught by Professors Steven Hall and Betsy Swanner. Topics covered include biological feedbacks to climate change, the importance of soil microbes, minerals that protect water quality, and environmental forensics using stable isotopes.