Subject at Iowa

The mission of the Department of Biology is to lead research programs encompassing the breadth of biology and provide excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.

We strive to provide the attention and opportunities students at all levels need to succeed in biology. At the undergraduate level, we combine classroom and laboratory experiences with research opportunities. At the graduate level, we provide state-of-the-art research infrastructure and facilities supporting internationally recognized research programs.

Our research programs are supported by over $6 million in funding annually from federal and private agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Heart Association, and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. 

The Iowa experience

We foster an environment that encourages interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. We encourage our faculty to work closely with other departments on campus and around the globe addressing the most challenging research questions in four primary areas: cell and developmental biology, evolution, genetics, and neurobiology.


The Department of Biology participates in outreach activities to engage a range of audiences from students at the K-12 level, to residents of surrounding Iowa area communities, and state legislators.