This past summer, the Biology faculty voted on two proposals brought forward by the Biology Program Committee. The results of these votes mean a few changes in Biology Program degree requirements for students.
Dr. Xun Gu will be teaching an undergraduate-level introduction to transcriptome genomics this coming Fall 2019.
All biology majors must complete ecology (BIOL 312) to complete their Bachelor of Science in the program. It includes both lecture and laboratory components in a single course. There are currently two lecture sections (A and B) and twenty lab sections scheduled for Fall 2019.
Dr. Robert Wallace will be offering a BIOL 495 seminar this coming Spring 2019 that explores the tree of life. The course is intended for upperclass Biology majors and will be limited to 16 students. Sign-up is required in Bessey Hall 103.
This coming Fall, Dr. Xun Gu will be offering a BIOL 495 seminar on topics related to comparative genomics of transcriptomes (gene expressions) at an introductory level. The course will meet on Thursdays from 5:10 pm to 6:40 pm beginning October 4th and ending November 8th.
A new seminar course (BIOL 495) taught by Eve Wurtele will be offered in Fall 2018. This course is designed for students with varied backgrounds to have an opportunity to work together to create a project that advances science or science education in an area the student cares about.
A new seminar course (BIOL 495) taught by Steven Howell will be offered in Fall 2018. The course will discuss the challenges of feeding a growing human population over the next several decades.
In Spring 2018, Amy Toth and the ISU Bee Laboratory will be offering a 1 credit course called "Current Topics in Bee Biology" (BIOL 490 AT). The course will begin March 5th with meeting times to be determined based on student schedules. Attend ten lectures on bee biology and current issues in bee health, discuss the latest research with experts in the field, take a trip to the ISU Bee Research Facility, and earn advanced biology credit.
A new experimental course on macroevolution (BIOL 465X) is being offered for Spring 2018.
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.
A new 1 credit course is available at Iowa State for students interested in research.
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.
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/
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.
The BIOL 428 course hasn't been offered in recent years, and we're excited to announce that this course will be offered Fall 2016! It will introduce students to multidisciplinary methods used to investigate cell biology and emphasize the dynamic organization and regulation of cellular processes.
Calling all aspiring botanists! The Biology Program is offering a new experimental course in introductory plant biology (BIOL 357X) this coming Fall of 2016. Taught by Professor Robert Wallace, this course will examine fundamental aspects of plant biology to enable students to get a broad appreciation of the structures, functions, diversity, and environmental roles of plants.
A new, second-half semester course is being offered this Spring 2016 for students interested in doing research in the biological sciences. Note that this course is 1 credit, not a half a credit as listed in the posting.
Learn about the Biology Program's most recent service-learning event! Students, staff, faculty, B.E.S.T. learning community peer mentors, TA's and returning SRN veterans banded together to form the 49th Skunk River Navy (SRN) for Operation: Long Run, a four mile local river clean-up and biodiversity adventure.
How to describe the Skunk River Navy? It is something that must be experienced. A great deal of life is that way - things must be experienced to be truly known and understood - and the Skunk River Navy is definitely an experience. Through the shared challenges of Operation: Obstacle Course, the volunteers of the SRN bonded. Together, we survived and conquered. All new volunteers are now First Class Riverpersons of the SRN. Congratulations, to all of you!