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Department of Biology

723 W. Michigan Street, SL 306
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5132
Phone: (317) 274-0577; fax: (317) 274-2846

Department Chair:  Theodore R. Cummins, Ph.D.

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The Department of Biology offers undergraduate instructional programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Biotechnology B.S. degrees. These programs are designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the biological sciences and allow sufficient flexibility to accommodate the needs and interests of students. Postgraduate activities frequently selected by biology majors include graduate schools, medical and dental schools, other health care professions, agricultural schools, industrial positions in research and technology, and secondary teaching.

The selection of a particular degree program in biology should be made in consultation with a departmental advisor.

The Department of Biology offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree. The M.S. degree program may be completed with a thesis option or with a non-thesis option. Among the non-thesis options is the M.S. degree in the teaching of biology, which is designed primarily for secondary school teachers, and a one-year preprofessional option for those seeking admission to medical or dental schools. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree can be pursued in a variety of areas through the Purdue University Graduate School and through several programs and departments in the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Department of Biology regards research as an important component of its programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students may work in such specific areas as microbial genetics, neurobiology, plant cell and molecular biology, recombinant DNA, cell biology, developmental biology, regenerative biology, microbiology, oncology, plant and animal tissue culture, and forensic biology.