Biology – the study of life and living systems – is fundamental to understanding the world around us.

A minor in biology is a useful complement to many other disciplines, particularly in areas such as chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, psychology, exercise science and physical therapy.

Requirements for a biology minor include courses that are often required by professional health graduate programs: two general biology courses (BIOL 2051 and 2052), Chemistry I and II (CHEM 1110 and 1120 or equivalent), and 10-12 hours of eligible Biology electives*.  

With a strong focus on learning by doing, our students are encouraged to ask questions, explore new ideas, and make their own discoveries. Beyond the classroom, there are countless opportunities to participate in research with our award-winning faculty, or to get involved with our biology clubs.

*Detailed requirements and course restrictions can be viewed in the UNI Catalog.

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Top Ranked

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

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Research Opportunities

Nearly half of biology majors participate in Undergraduate Research or Independent Study.

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Students on the UNI campus are biology majors, making us one of the largest departments.

Want to find out more about Biology?


Contact us directly at:

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

Phone: (319) 273-2010
Email: linda.reardon-lowry@uni.edu