Biology is a broad discipline encompassing everything from the study of subcellular molecular machines to the interactions of different species in vast ecosystems. Our department has a history of excellence in the field of biological research, including evolutionary biology, developmental biology, ecology, bacterial and eukaryotic cell biology, genome biology, virology, and behavior. These research strengths allow us to offer a breadth of courses, allowing you to explore the diverse subject areas encompassed by modern biology.
IU Biology faculty are world-class researchers and teachers ready to provide you with the foundational skills you need to succeed both in and outside of the classroom. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, recognized by the National Academy of Sciences, Guggenheim Fellows, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows, and more.
Career + academic achievement
Many of our graduates are admitted to medical school, dental school, and graduate programs. Two-thirds of our graduates locate employment directly out of college, prepared with the skills needed for 21st century careers. In recent years, the average GPA for all Department of Biology graduates has been 3.22, while the average GPA for Biology B.S. majors has been 3.37. Each year at least 50 graduates of the department are elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
We are part of the College of Arts + Sciences
A degree in in Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, or Molecular Life Sciences provides students with the foundational skills of a liberal arts education, which are prized by employers and vital to a 21st-century career.