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Welcome to the Department of Biology

A Carver Grant was responsible for purchasing models of plants and animals that enhance classroom instruction.
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.

Dr. Robert Good will be the SURP keynote speaker July 31st

Dr. Robert Goode

Dr. Robert (Bob) Good ('74 Biology) will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held at 11:00 in Seerely Hall, Room 115 on July 31, 2015. Dr. Good is the medical director of Carle Foundation Physician Services in Mattoon, Illinois and past president of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. He has been an ardent supporter of the Department of Biology at UNI and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program associated with the Department. Dr. Good graciously credits much of his success to the UNI faculty and the research opportunities he had while attending UNI, thus his desire to give back to a program that provides current students with similar opportunities. Dr. Good is a native of Keystone, 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: