With expert professors in every classroom, UNI's Biology Department has been ranked one of the Midwest's Best (U.S. News and World Report) and one of Iowa's best (Zippia.com).
Offering seven areas of study and a number of pre-professional tracks, a degree in biology is one of the most versatile options available for students at UNI.
The supportive and caring faculty and staff in the UNI Department of Biology provide specialized opportunities and individual attention that foster student success.
An eight-week internship in neurology brought senior Mollie Sherman face to face with the rigors of the medical field, and gave her the confidence that she could fulfill a dream.
The whole summer was spent, day in and day out, at the Boston University Medical Center, getting a first-hand look inside the minds of some of the best doctors and surgeons in the nation.
Growing up in rural, landlocked Iowa, Catherine Yeoman never expected to find her passion in marine biology.
But as a junior in the UNI Department of Biology, Yeoman has already managed to kick off a unique college experience that’s brought her around the country – studying bottlenose dolphins in Florida and rehabilitating baby seals in Cape Cod.
Explore Career Opportunities
A degree in biology is one of the most versatile degrees, providing opportunities in medicine, health care, scientific research, genetic counseling, biotechnology, laboratory science, pharmacy, environmental and business consulting, ecosystems management, conservation, education, and more.
Common career areas include:
- Medical Doctor (MD, DO)
- Nursing or Nurse Practitioner
- Physician Assistant
- Geneticist or Genetic Counselor
- Biotechnology Specialist
- Forensic Science Technician
- Marine Scientist
- Medical Examiner
- Botanical Center Director
- DNA Analyst
- Medical Lab Technician
- Conservation Officer
- Natural Resources Technician
- Environmental Specialist
- Research Scientist
- Wildlife Biologist
Thinking about majoring in biology?
Learn more by viewing our prospective student booklet.