What will I learn as a biology student?

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life. The foundations of modern biology include cell theory, evolution, genetics, homoeostasis, and energy.

While your coursework will depend on the degree path you choose, you’ll learn about the structure, function, reproduction, growth, origin, evolution, and behavior of living organisms and their relation to their natural environment. 

You’ll also engage in research, which requires not only evidence and logic, but also honesty, creativity, patience, and openness to new ideas. The problem-solving and reasoning skills you develop as a biology student, as well as an increased understanding of science, will provide a great foundation for approaching any type of work and engaging your community.

Biology undergrad works on drug discoveries

Isaac Lamb, a biology and neuroscience student, is working to develop low-cost antibiotics to help people with cystic fibrosis in developing countries.

As a student researcher in the Distributed Drug Discovery Lab, he synthesizes compounds that are tested by the biology team in the lab, and if successful, are given to organic chemistry students to make the compounds in class—which are then submitted to Eli Lilly.

“Instead of doing these theoretical projects, we’re taking part in the actual drug discovery process.”

Learn more about Lamb’s work

44%of biology grads pursue advanced degrees

41%of grads pursuing further education are in medical or dental school

77%of biology grads find employment related to their degree

75%of employed grads work in Indianapolis