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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.
Cell Structure and Function Lab
The biology department emphasises undergraduate research experiences.

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.

Department Snapshots

  • Dr. Nathan Bird is a new faculty member teaching Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy. His research focuses on the evolutionary development of fish morphology.
  • Dr. Demastes and his students travel to Manchester Fish Hatchery as part of the Field Zoology of Vertebrates course.
  • A grad student holds up a 3-year old specimen of the prairie species Amorpha canescens (leadplant) showing the extensive root system.  The root system will be preserved and donated to a museum or nature center.
  • Dr. Steve O'Kane taught Life the Natural World in South Korea in the Summer of 2014.
  • Students examine yellow ladyslipper orchids (Cypripedium canescens) blooming in a remnant prairie.
  • Botanical Center Gardens

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: