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Biology Major

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The goal of the biology major at UIndy is to teach you how to think scientifically and critically, and to instill a deep value for the diversity of life. The role of biologists demands that they are equipped to research and investigate current affairs relevant to the field. At UIndy, you'll develop the skills to conduct scientific methods of analysis. Whether you wish to prepare for a career in the field right after graduation or continue on to medical school or another graduate program, you'll get the experience, knowledge and personal attention necessary to be successful.

Program strengths

The UIndy Biology Department challenges you to make clear, reasoned judgments by asking important questions in the research you conduct and in the data you produce. Nearly every course has a corresponding lab. You'll develop your ability to write, think critically and execute research through: 

  • Applied coursework
  • Strong theoretical understanding of biological concepts
  • Lab work with up-to-date instruments and equipment
  • Unique opportunities to research along professors and graduate students


  • Cell & molecular biology: You'll explore cells as a fundamental unit of life, investigating how cells associate and interact with other cells, and how cells respond to stimuli.
  • Science & technical writing: This concentration teaches you how to apply your knowledge of biology to serve as an expert communicator of specialized scientific information to target audiences. 

Potential careers for biology majors

From researching the migratory patterns of moose, to understanding complex DNA, biology is a vast field with many job opportunities. Consider the following:

  • Medical technician
  • Plant biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Geneticist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Grant writing or technical writing

Biology might be for you if:

  • You have an interest in the natural world
  • You like conducting research and asking questions
  • You appreciate diversity in ecosystems and habitats
  • You want to enter the medical field

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a biology major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The biology and biology concentration guides list the classes you'll need to take to fulfill your major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.