Biology: Biomedical

Your path to helping others starts here

Whether you want to be a doctor, dentist, veterinarian or other healthcare professional, the Biomedical major at UNI will prepare you for a successful career in the fields of health and medicine – and for the professional schools that lead to them. In fact, our graduates routinely have among the highest med school placement rates in the Midwest.

Our Biomedical major was designed with pre-professional students in mind, providing an efficient and cost-effective pathway to success whether you are interested in medical school, chiropractic, pharmacy, physical therapy, dental, veterinary, optometric, podiatric or other health-related programs.

The degree covers many or all of the prerequisite courses that professional schools require, and you’ll have an advisor by your side the whole time to help you through the process – making sure you have everything you need to be successful.

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UNI Biology majors gain admission to medical school at rates seven times higher than the national average

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UNI Biology is a member of the NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for Health Professions), allowing access to resources that benefit students studying in a healthcare field

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Our department has fostered outstanding partnerships with schools such as: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Palmer Chiropractic School, Allen College, and Des Moines University.


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Department of Biology
University of Northern Iowa
144 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421

Phone: (319) 273-2456

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A degree in biology is one of the most versatile degrees available for college students, providing opportunities in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • Chiropractic 
  • Dentistry
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medical Research
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Veterinary Medicine


  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Genetics
  • Cancer and Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • General Microbiology 
  • Neurobiology
  • Cell Biology 
  • Genomics 
  • Vertebrate Physiology
  • Virology
  • Developmental Biology of Animals
  • Immunology
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Biology: Honors Emphasis

One of the options you have as a Biology major is to add an emphasis in honors research to the B.S. or B.A. degree. To do this, you must complete a minimum of 4 credits of research (BIOL 3190) over the course of two or more semesters. Any further research credits count as University elective credits. In addition, the student must register for one credit of senior thesis (BIOL 3191) and write a formal senior thesis according to departmental guidelines in fulfillment of that credit.

After graduation, I plan on applying for medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. In the meantime, I’ll continue working as a research fellow in pediatric oncology at Stead Family Children’s Hospital. None of these life accomplishments would’ve been possible without the Department of Biology supporting my dream.

Nolan Ford
Recent Graduate
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Undergraduate Research

Nearly half of all UNI Biology students choose to participate in undergraduate research. Working side by side with professors, our students are conducting innovative research that spans everything from studying endangered species, to tracking disease progression – furthering the field of science. About half of biology faculty journal publications include student coauthors – giving our students an opportunity to publish their work all before graduation.