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Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology in McCollum Science Hall
Students are involved in active research using modern equipment.
Class sizes are small and taught by faculty.
The Department of Biology provides advanced lab experiences using the newest technology.

Welcome to the Department of Biology

Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful, providing students with a positive collegiate experience. Opportunities abound in the Department of Biology with students participating in research, Study Abroad, National Student Exchange, internships and access to a variety of student organizations.

The Department has received generous funding of nearly one million dollars from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to provide students with access to modern equipment in our teaching and research laboratories. We are committed to maintaining small class sizes in our advanced courses and teaching laboratories and providing access to the numerous courses offered in our curriculum.

Our students are successful in their goals to attend professional and graduate programs or starting a career immediately upon graduation. This is an exciting time to be a part of the Department of Biology at the University of Northern Iowa.

Graduating senior comments on her experience at UNI

"I've had a great time here! Wonderful faculty that give you so much of their personal time. Great class sizes too! I didn't feel like a number, I felt like a valued person. I couldn't have accomplished what I did in a setting w/out those qualities. I loved Evo/Eco. Even though I'm not doing something w/evolutionary biology, I felt it made me think critically as a scientist." - says Abigail Lee

Abigail Lee

Abigail is a graduating senior at UNI with a B.A. in Biology: Honors Research, Spanish, Music and University Distinction.  After graduation, Abigail will be a Post-Bachelor's researcher at the University of Iowa in a Diabetes II and Obesity research lab.  In the photo, Abigail presented her research poster at the "Research on the Capitol" event in Des Moines.

Department Snapshots

Contact Us:

Dr. David Saunders, Department Head
University of Northern Iowa • Department of Biology • 144 McCollum Science Hall • Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421
Tel: (319) 273-2456 • Fax: (319) 273-7125
Sandi Ingles, Office Coordinator • Email: