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About the Department

University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology
Over 50 Different Classes

Our students choose courses that best match their area of interest in biology, such as: biomedical, biotechnology, botany, conservation, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, teacher education, and zoology.

Great Educational Expertise
Great Educational Expertise

With expert teachers in every classroom, UNI's Biology Department has been ranked one of the Midwest's Best (U.S. News and World Report) and one of Iowa's best ( We offer many scholarships to help you pursue a degree in our program.

Great Careers
Get Personal Attention

Our students receive individual preparation for a career and further education. Students are our primary focus and we provide the necessary advice to steer them in the right direction. High expectations = high achievements.

Discover Modern Science
Discover Modern Science

Our faculty participates actively in research. Our students learn about current research techniques and use modern research equipment.

Do hands-on research
Do Hands-on Research

Our undergraduate students work directly with faculty to conduct independent research. We provide valuable experience for undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate school.

Get Involved
Get Involved

With over 500 students, the Biology Department offers many opportunities to get involved. Join one of the many pre-professional clubs, honors society, or student clubs and interact with students that share your interests.