The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in biology.
The field of biological sciences is experiencing rapid growth. The discovery of new technologies is
changing perceptions of organisms, their cellular components, and their interaction with each other and
the environment. By integrating the various sub-disciplines of the field, biological sciences
contributes new knowledge and skills to areas such as medicine, agriculture, teaching, bioinformatics,
genomics, biotechnology, and environmental management.
The program enables students to choose from an array of courses that provide the information and skills necessary to understand the complex processes of life and prepare for
a career in industry, medicine, research, teaching, or business. The program also prepares students for graduate school or professional schools
such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, optometry, pharmacy, dental hygiene, or forensic science.
Coursework includes a core of biological sciences courses and laboratory experiences in each of the following areas:
Principles of biology
Cellular and microbial biology
Ecology and evolution
In addition, students may choose an area of emphasis to meet course elective requirements.
These emphasis areas allow students to specialize the program to meet their career goals and include:
cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, molecular biology and biotechnology, organismal and
conservation biology, physiology, and plant biology.
Students also develop career skills through laboratory exercises and field experiences that allow
them to apply the principles learned in lectures. Almost all of the courses in the major include
a laboratory component, ranging from basic chemistry through physiology to complex molecular techniques.
Students benefit from relatively small class sizes that enable them to work one-on-one with faculty.
Facilities include well-equipped laboratories with sophisticated instruments and computers designed to
facilitate learning and research in the various areas of the biological sciences.
The University has supercomputing facilities for high-end computational research. Additional resources for scientific study include the Indiana University
School of Medicine-Terre Haute, located on the ISU campus. The department is also home to the Center for
North American Bat Research and Conservation.
One of the distinctive aspects of the program is the emphasis on research. Students are encouraged
to begin research experience as early as possible in their undergraduate career. This research experience can be formalized after completing 76 total credit hours, at which point students are eligible to take
our optional capstone courses—three integrated courses offering the opportunity to explore the history and
social implications of the practice of science, develop a research proposal, conduct research
under the supervision of a faculty member, and present the results of research at a scientific meeting. Capstone research projects are developed according to the interests of the student and his or her mentor.
In addition, the department offers several program-related student organizations, including the Xi Kappa chapter of the Tri Beta Biology Honor Society and the Fish and Wildlife Club.
The Biology Program prepares students for a variety of professional positions—and is also preparation for
entry into a professional school such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, or dental hygiene.
Our science graduates find employment in diverse occupations, including the following:
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Biology offers a number of scholarships and awards. These include the Outstanding Senior Award, the William P. Allyn Science Scholarship,
the Dr. Syd S. Husain Scholarship, the Dr. William J. Brett Scholarship, the Floyd M. and Margaret A. Dickey Scholarship,
and the Donald and Mary Jo Stanley Scholarship. For information about these awards, contact the department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.