Biology (B.A., B.S.)


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
  • General physiology
  • General genetics

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 Bat Research Conservation and Outreach and the Center for Genomic Advocacy, which has state-of-the-art equipment for sequencing genomes.

One of the distinctive aspects of the program is the emphasis on research. Student can work with faculty conducting original research projects that can result in presentations at scientific meetings and publication in scientific journals. Students are encouraged to begin research experience as early as possible in their undergraduate career.

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.

Required Courses


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:

  • Agriculture biotechnologist
  • Animal behaviorist
  • Animal husbandry technician
  • Biochemical development engineer
  • Biofuels expert
  • Bioinformatics specialist
  • Biomedical technician
  • Biostatistician
  • Cloning technician
  • Dietitian
  • Ecologist
  • Educator
  • Entomologist
  • Evolutionary biologist
  • Forensic pathologist
  • Geneticist
  • Immunologist
  • Marine biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Parasitologist
  • Patent attorney
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician
  • Physiologist
  • Phytopathologist
  • Plant breeder
  • Wildlife conservationist
  • Zoo technician

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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. 

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Biology
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Biology
Indiana State University