The Department of Biological Sciences contributes to the mission of ISU with an emphasis on: advancing scholarly endeavors through discovery and the creation of new knowledge, foundational biological education for the health professions, providing a diverse array of courses and majors for students in the life sciences, and educator preparation. The faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching, including engaging students at all levels in sustained, significant research.
Our objectives are to promote a culture that recognizes excellence in education and research and to prepare students for advanced studies in the life sciences, including ecological, evolutionary, organismal, microbiological, and biomedical research; admission to medical, dental, veterinary, and other health professional programs; and professional opportunities in government, industry, and education.
The Biological Sciences department is among the largest on the ISU campus, with ~31 faculty, ~10 instructors and lab coordinators, and ~7 support staff. We have over 600 declared majors enrolled in our seven undergraduate degree programs (B.A. and B.S. in Biology, Botany, Ecology, Microbiology, and Zoology and B.S. in Biochemistry (joint with Chemistry). In addition, we have a very active graduate student program, with 85 students enrolled in 7 different programs (M.S. degrees in Biology and Microbiology, Ph.D. degrees in Biology and Microbiology, M.N.S. and D.A. in Biology, and B.S./M.S. program).
The Department is organized into three Research Clusters: 1) Biomedical/Anatomy and Physiology, 2) Ecology and Evolution, and 3) Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology. In addition, many research projects span the clusters and integrate biostatistics, bioinformatics, and biology education. The Department hosts a variety of Research Centers and collaborates with many others at ISU. Research activity in Biological Sciences is very high, and we actively recruit talented undergraduates and graduate students to engage in this research.