Discover and explore the world of biological sciences

Take advantage of the unparalleled, hands-on research opportunities available by studying biology at Iowa. Here, you'll turn your career aspirations into reality through lab and classroom work—and graduate prepared to thrive in a field that continues to shape our world.  

Explore undergraduate programs

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BA in Biology

Our BA in Biology is ideal for students looking for a broader base of biology.

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BS in Biology

Our BS in Biology is geared toward concentrated study within an area of biology. Choose to specialize in one of four different tracks.

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BS in Biomedical Sciences

If your goal is to attend medical school or conduct biomedical research in graduate school, our BS in Biomedical Sciences is for you.

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BS in Neuroscience

You will gain broad exposure to the study of neuroscience and be prepared for graduate or medical school with our integrated curriculum. This program is administered by the Department of Biology and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Undergraduate Programs

Biology is the study of life. Advances in the understanding of living systems impact almost every aspect of modern life. From food to biofuel to medicine, biological applications are integral to modern society and further advances will be necessary to address the challenges that the future presents.

Now is a great time to study biology. Because biology is central to the life sciences, an undergraduate degree in biology, biomedical sciences or neuroscience presents diverse career opportunities.

Considering a career in medicine, forensics, biotechnology, public health, or natural resources? Whether your interest is in research or service, we offer degree programs that will support your employment after graduation or your continued studies in professional or graduate school.

The opportunities are endless and our undergraduate degree programs represent a first step in building your future.

55 %

Of undergraduate students participated in research outside of regular course assignments.

Biology student Kartik Sivakumar

“The UI has transformed all of our lives, whether it be the expert professors, lifelong friendships, extracurricular activities, or the vibrant community—Iowa has been monumental to our personal and academic growth."

- Kartik Sivakumar

Request course syllabi

To request a syllabus from the Department of Biology, please send an email to or call 319-335-1050 and provide the following course information:

  • Name of course
  • Course number
  • Instructor of course
  • Year and semester