A degree in biology is one of the most versatile degrees available for college students, providing opportunities in medicine, healthcare, scientific research, genetic counseling, biotechnology, laboratory science, pharmacy, environmental consulting, ecosystems management, conservation, education, and more.  

Biology students are able to specialize in several areas of study through a variety of degree options, including a biomedical emphasis, or emphases in environmental or organismal biology.  A biology minor is also an option that can be added to a variety of different majors.

The UNI Department of Biology provides specialized opportunities and individual attention that foster student success. Take a look at what our amazing students achieve here.


Nearly half of all biology majors take advantage of opportunities in undergraduate research or other individualized learning opportunities in the department.


If you’ve taken courses at a two- or four-year institution other than UNI and want to get an idea of what courses will transfer, check out our Transfer Plan-It tool. 

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Students with Syndavers

With more than 500 students, the biology department offers many opportunities to get involved. Join one of the many pre-professional clubs, honors society or student clubs and interact with students that share your interests.

Student with microscope

You can be a discoverer of scientific information, not just a consumer. Qualified students in biology programs have the opportunity to work with faculty members on research projects, giving you the opportunity to truly be a scientist and have great experience to add to graduate and professional school applications.

Student doing experiments
Outstanding facilities

The biology department is housed in the McCollum Science Hall, Biology Research Complex and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. These buildings have well-equipped lecture halls and laboratory classrooms. There are also 160 acres of native and reconstructed prairies and forests in the UNI Biological Preserves System, two greenhouses with a variety of climates, a scanning-electron microscope and more.


96% of last years students are continuing their education or employed


Lab Analyst

Pharmacy Tech

Medical Scientist

Wastewater Analyst

ER Technician


Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Theresa Spradling​
Department of Biology, Head & Professor
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421
(319) 273-2456
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