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Majors & Minors

Dr. McClenahan     

In the Department of Biology at UNI, you will be surrounded by students who are curious and intent upon learning more about the broad discipline of biology. All of our students are given a broad exposure to the field of biology in a series of four-core biology classes to be taken during their freshman and sophomore years. From there, the curriculum allows for students in their junior and senior years to "specialize" and choose biology courses that best fit their interests and needs. All of our faculty are involved in research and students are encouraged to become a part of this endeavor. In the research setting students can have hands-on learning throughout a variety of different research studies. Lecture class size in the upper division courses is typically small and students in all lab courses will find they have access to individualized attention. So, if you wish to be surrounded by award winning teaching faculty and students, caring faculty and staff, to have access to working in the research setting, and to be a part of something exciting and dynamic, the Department of Biology at the University of Northern Iowa is the right place for you.


Emphasis-Honors Research

      Students pursuing a B.A. or B.S. major in Biology can do Honors Research by completing 4 credit hours of BIOL 3190 (840:190) Undergraduate Research in Biology and 1 credit hour of BIOL 3190 (840:191) Senior Thesis.

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) Biology

      The Bachelor of Arts major provides a broad training in biology and allows specializations through choice of electives. It offers basic preparation for entry-level positions, graduate work, or an advanced degree in all health-related areas. The combination of required and elective courses needs to equal a minimum of 58 credit hours.

B.A. Biology Major Sheet


Bachelor of Arts (BA) Biology - Biomedical

      This emphasis of the biology major offers preparation for allopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic, pharmacy, physical therapy, dental, veterinary, optometric, podiatric, and other health-related programs. In addition, it prepares students for the graduate study in biomedical sciences, for example, pharmacology, toxicology, pathology, physiology, cellular biology, and other related areas. The combination of required and elective courses needs to equal a minimum of 58 credit hours.

B.A. Biomedical Majors Sheet


Bachelor of Arts (BA) Biology - Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology

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      The Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology emphasis provides education for students interested in a career with private and governmental organizations conducting endangered species recovery, ecological restoration, biological surveys, toxicity evaluations, environmental impact analyses, field research, museum or herbarium curation, or who wish to work in zoos, nature centers, museums, or botanical gardens. This emphasis also provides suitable background for students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in animal behavior, botany, conservation biology, ecology, environmental toxicology, evolutionary biology, systematics, population biology, and zoology.

B.A. Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology Majors Sheet


Bachelor of Science (BS) Biology

      The Bachelor of Science major in Biology is especially appropriate for students planning graduate study. It is an extended major designed to prepare students for careers in areas which require a higher degree of concentration in subject matter and advanced-level courses. The combination of required and elective courses needs to equal a minimum of 68 credit hours.

B.S. Biology Majors Sheet


Biology Teaching Major

     The B.A. Biology-Teaching major requires a minimum of 131 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements, the Professional Education Requirements, and specific major requirements to complete the minimum of 131 hours.

B.A. Biology Teaching Majors Sheet


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Biology Minor

       The Biology minor consists of a combination of biology and chemistry courses and needs to equal a minimum of 26 credit hours.

Biology Minors Sheet


Biology Teaching Minor

      The Biology Minor-Teaching provides for second endorsement approval by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and requires first endosement approval (major) in another science discipline or general science.

Biology Teaching Minor Sheet


Complementary Minors

Chemistry

Earth Science

Ethics

Family Studies

Foreign Language

Health Promotion

Psychology


Complementary Certificates

Cartography & GIS

Environmental Health

Entrepreneurship

Global Health & Health Disparities

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