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, our diverse set of courses allows 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 in 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. 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.
Students pursuing a BA or BS 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 3191 (840:191) Senior Thesis.
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.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Biology - Biomedical Emphasis
This emphasis of the biology major offers preparation for allopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic, pharmacy, physical therapy, genetic counseling, 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.
- BA Biology Biomedical Majors Sheet (updates effective 2021-2022),
- BA Biology Biomedical Possible Plan of Study A (for pre-med or pre-dental students planning to take the MCAT or DAT exams after junior year),
- BA Biology Biomedical Possible Plan of Study B (for students interested in a variety of biomedical fields (including pre-PT, pre-vet, etc.) or pre-med/pre-dental students taking MCAT/DAT exams after senior year)
- BA Biology Biomedical Possible Plan of Study (2020 and prior years),
- Previous BA Biology Biomedical Majors Sheet (2020 and prior years),
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Biology - Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Biology Emphasis
The Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) 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.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Environmental Resource Management--Ecosystems track
The Ecosystems Resource Management major is aimed at students searching for career options in the broadly-defined ‘outdoor environment’ that are related to natural resources, environmental systems, and sustainable development. This program will prepare students for careers in the environmental and human management of public and private spaces across differing categories of environmental systems - from public parks and lands to conservancy units managed by governmental and other non-profit agencies and organizations. The Ecosystems track of this degree is housed in the Department of Biology.
- BA Environmental Resource Management Full Description with all four tracks,
- BA Environmental Resource Management (Ecosystems Track) Planning Sheet,
- BA Environmental Resource Management (Ecosystems Track) Possible Plan of Study
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.
Bachelor of Science (BS) Environmental Science (Environmental Life Science Track)
The Bachelor of Science major in Environmental Science will allow students to prepare for a graduate program in the environmental sciences or to directly enter industry in the public or private sector. All students will have a common core of courses providing a foundation in biology and geosciences, and will also be required to take part in a capstone research project. The combination of required and elective courses needs to equal a minimum of 65 credit hours.
- BS Environmental Science Major (Environmental Life Science Track) Sheet,
- BS Environmental Science Possible Plan of Study (Environmental Life Science)
Biology Teaching Major
The BA 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.
The Biology minor consists of a combination of biology and chemistry courses and needs to equal a minimum of 26 credit hours.
Biology Teaching Minor
The Biology Minor-Teaching provides for second endorsement approval by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and requires first endorsement approval (major) in another science discipline or general science.
- Cartography & GIS
- Environmental Health
- Global Health & Health Disparities
- Outdoor Recreation