Department of Biology

A student looks through a microscope

Graduate Program in Biology

MS in Biology


From biomolecules to biomes, this is the place to study biology. Our department has the academic size and diversity to offer opportunities found at larger research institutions, yet we are able to maintain the personal and intimate learning community found at smaller liberal arts colleges.

In short, we offer the best of both worlds. As you tour our website, you will see that we are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship, with the student at the center of our activities. This commitment creates a learning environment where students excel both in and out of the classroom.

Biology Information (PDF)

Learn about the career and graduate school success of our students and the resources, facilities, equipment, internships, and labs available. 

Pre-Med and Pre-Vet Tracks (PDF)

Learn about cooperative programs with medical schools, internship opportunities, research projects, and hands-on access to instrumentation.


Nealen Receives Auditory Neuroscience Research Funding

The grant from the Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Research Foundation will support research investigating cranial vocal feedback to the human cochlea, in support of human speech development in the hearing impaired.

Collaboration Fuels Better, Faster COVID-19 Test

Biology chair Narayanaswamy Bharathan is leading the collaboration between IUP, IRMC, and Takara Bio USA to develop faster COVID-19 tests for rural communities.

Disease Vector Ecology Lab Launches Tick-borne Disease Dashboard for Indiana County

Public Health major Nicholas Seidel, interning with biology professor Tom Simmons’ Disease Vector Ecology Laboratory, has created a dashboard to visualize blacklegged tick seasonality, infection prevalence of pathogens in the blacklegged ticks, and case counts and incidence rates of Lyme disease in Indiana County.

Biology Students and Faculty Publish “Consumer Reports-style” Study to Optimize Tick Collection

Biology majors Emily Welch (MS’19), Anna Manges (BS’20), and Nathan Peters (BS ’19) and professors Joe Duchamp and Tom Simmons determined the best fabric for construction of drags used to collect blacklegged ticks which vector the pathogens causing Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi disease, ehrlichiosis, and Powassan virus disease.

Surprising Clue in the Puzzling Evolution of Mammalian Middle Ear

Biology professor Shundong Bi and John Wible, curator of mammals at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, describe a new fossil specimen of a haramiyidan from China’s Middle Jurassic epoch that represents an evolutionary “stepping stone” between Mesozoic fossils and living mammals.