Welcome to the IU Northwest Department of Biology

Biology is the study of life and living organisms and their vital processes, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy.

A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biology provides students with a rigorous general background in the study of life sciences and prepares them for science-related jobs requiring bachelor level training or graduate or professional school.  The requirements in chemistry, mathematics, and physics maximize the students' future opportunities and provide a strong background in fundamental biology. The program prepares students for professional or research-oriented careers and graduate work in a selected area of biology.

Students who major in biology can concentrate their study in:

  • Pre-professional Study and Bio-Medical Science (i.e., professions in human health fields)
  • Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Organismal Biology

Research and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to participate in research with faculty mentors.  Many students are afforded opportunities to work in such environments as hospitals, medical research laboratories, private companies, national parks, and preservation land trusts.  These experiences further expand the opportunities for our students to engage in research projects with a broad spectrum of life scientists within and outside of Indiana University.

The department offers fully equipped modern teaching and research labs in molecular biology, microbiology, developmental biology, cell biology, and physiology.  Extensive ecological field research is also readily available.

Career Opportunities in Biology

The Biology program accommodates students seeking pre-professional training in the medical sciences (pre-medical, pre-dental, and allied health sciences), pursuing occupations in environmental issues and field work, forensics, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry, or intending to continue with graduate studies.

For More Information

Browse the links listed above or download the Departmental Information Sheet for Biology to learn about degree and course requirements, student clubs and activities, and more.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Biology at IU Northwest!

Office Hours


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mailing Address

Indiana University Northwest
Biology Department
Marram Hall, Room 335
3400 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46408

Department Chair

Peter Avis
(219) 980-6717

Administrative Assistant

Candace Clark
(219) 980-6724

Fax Number

(219) 980-7125