Indiana University Bloomington


Animal Biology, publishes high quality papers and focuses on integration of the various disciplines within the broad field of zoology. It began to dominate the study of evolution, posing a series of challenges to the synthetic theory of evolution, and culminating with the views of Japanese geneticist Motoo Kimura (1924-94) and others who argued that the vast majority of variation seen at the molecular level was due to random genetic drift and mutation and not to natural selection, which acted merely in a negative or eliminative role.

That’s why each year, our professors welcome students into their labs or into the field, working side-by-side on original research, asking questions that no one has answered and looking for solutions that are yet to be discovered. We explore a wide range of fundamental biological questions with a focus on molecular cell biology at all levels, from molecular structure to human disease. On this module you’ll attend lectures, practical classes, workshops and supervised time in a studio or workshops, and you’ll take part in fieldwork study and external visits.

The biological study can be traced back to early times. The Crane Lab investigates why cells deteriorate with aging and other diseases with a focus on cell metabolism. Our faculty will help you discover how the history of evolution led to the present moment, how humans are an integral part of this framework, and what climate change might mean for the future of life on our planet. Biology graduates may also enjoy working in the scientific support services in the capacity of a forensic scientist for the police or industry, or in policy development and consultancy, which involves providing advice to governments and other bodies.

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Biology degree. In general, graduates of biology degrees will find that their background and skills will provide them with a broad spectrum of opportunities in both scientific and non-scientific fields. From anatomy to ecology and microbiology to zoology, the course options available for those interested in pursuing studies in biology are extremely wide-ranging.

The biological sciences as a whole began to boom in the Cold War era. As a result, beginning in the late 1960s, entire departments of organismic biology began to spring up, many focusing on ‘ecology and evolutionary biology,’ or ‘ecology, evolution, and behavior,’ offering doctoral degrees in the area, and enrolling even more practitioners to evolutionary biology. The Gerhold lab uses C. elegans germline stem cells to study the complexities of cell division in vivo.

In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, guided independent study sessions and fieldwork for about 14 hours a week. Kevin Dunbar and his students spent many hours meticulously interviewing real biologists from top laboratories, recording their lab meetings, and reading grant applications and manuscripts of research papers. On this module you’ll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops, and supervised time in a studio or workshops and you’ll take part in fieldwork study and guided independent study.

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