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  • Sophomores in Biology can enroll in a new learning community experience for the Fall 2021 semester: The Sky is the Limit.  This unique opportunity will enable students to connect with like-minded peers, network with faculty in their field of interest, develop goal-oriented academic and professional skills, as well as engage with peer mentors.  

    There are four different course sections associated with The Sky is the Limit learning community.  To register, add LAS 103D (1 credit) to your class schedule in AccessPlus.  Further questions about this program may be directed to Clark Coffman (, Sarah Wehner (, or Norah Warchola (

  • Our experiential learning coordinator, Norah Warchola (, has created a new course to help Biology students work on their professional development.  Offered for the first time in Fall 2021, BIOL 395X "Professional Development in Biological Sciences - Exploring Experiential Learning" counts as an advanced biology course within the major and helps students navigate questions like:

    Why do research or shadowing? What if I don't have research experience? How do I contact potential mentors? How do I find internships? Where do I start with all these application materials? What experiences are right for me?

    This 2 credit course will meet on Fridays, from 3:20 to 5:00 pm and can be added in the AccessPlus registration system.  


  • This Fall, Biology and Genetics major can enroll in an Undergraduate Biology Seminar (BIOL 495) in genome evolution. 

    Course Scheduled: Fall 2021 on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

    Credits: 2

    Prerequisites: BIOL 313 (genetics) and BIOL 315 (evolution) or permission of instructor

    Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Wendel (

    To add the course, enter reference number 2075265 in the AccessPlus registration system.  Students with questions about the course may contact the instructor directly.  

  • Similarly to last year, ecology (BIOL 312) will not be offered this summer.  Instead, we will be offering a course called “Special Topics in Ecology” (BIOL 495 section T2) that will serve as a substitute for this class for Biology majors.  This three credit asynchronous online course will include the lecture components of BIOL 312 only and no laboratory.  The course will run for the first eight weeks of the summer (Session 1) or from May 18th to July 9th.  Dr. Tom Jurik will be the course instructor for Special Topics in Ecology.  Please contact him at if you have additional questions about the course. 

  • Every Fall and Spring semester, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Council recognizes graduating seniors who have gone above and beyond while attending Iowa State. 

    This Fall, one of our students, Augusta Hamaker, has received the award for Distinguished Service.  This award recognizes a senior who has dedicated their time to better their community through community service activities and organizations. 

    Augusta has been very involved with SHOP (Students Helping Our Peers), a student organization that serves as a food pantry for Iowa State students, faculty, and staff experiencing food insecurity.

  • After serving as the Biology Program Director for 15 years, Dr. Jim Colbert (EEOB) is stepping down and passing the torch to Dr. Don Sakaguchi (GDCB). 

  • Students returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester will get to enjoy some newly-renovated spaces in Bessey Hall.  

    New Study Spaces

    Construction of these two new student use spaces began earlier in the Spring 2020 term and is now completed.  Located on the first floor of Bessey Hall, these will be great for studying!

    Renovated Lecture Space

    Recognize 210 Bessey Hall?  This room has hosted seminar speakers from around the world and been home to many mid-sized Biology Program classes.  With students off campus for the Spring, this renovation project was able to move forward early and will be finished for Fall 2020.  

  • The Biology Program is offering a new advanced biology course for students to take as part of their program of study this Fall 2020:

    Biology of Aging (BIOL 421X) - 3 credits

    Meeting Times for Fall 2020: this course is delivered through web instruction

    Instructors: Anne Bronikowski (  

    Prerequisites: BIOL 211 and BIOL 212

    Course Description: Basic biological principles of aging. Course modules include an introduction to the aging process, body systems and normal aging, and environment and the biology of aging. In addition, disorders and diseases of aging, prevention and treatment and exercise and aging topics will be covered. 

  • The Biology Program is offering a new advanced biology course for students to take as part of their program of study this Fall 2020:

    Bee Biology, Management, and Beekeeping (BIOL 358X) - 3 credits

    Meeting Times for Fall 2020: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:40 pm to 2:00 pm

    Instructors: Amy Toth ( and Randall Cass (

    Prerequisites: previous coursework at the 200-level in biology, entomology, and/or agriculture; or by instructor permission

  • The Biology Program is offering a special, online only substitute for ecology (BIOL 312) for students who were planning to take the course Summer 2020.  This course - BIOL 495 section T1 (Special Topics in Ecology) -  will be taught by Professor Tom Jurik.  Students who have additional questions about the course should contact Dr. Jurik at  

    In order to register for this course, follow these special instructions as the course will not be searchable in the AccessPlus registration system:

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