The University of Evansville biology major gives students the tools needed to succeed in graduate school, professional school, and in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)-related jobs. We provide purposeful learning experiences through research conducted individually through UExplore, Evansville's undergraduate research program, or one-on-one with professors. Learning is done in a hands-on environment either in faculty research labs, large greenhouse and animal facilities, or through fieldwork in the U.S. or abroad.

The University of Evansville biology department delivers results:

  • Last year’s senior class of professional biology majors tested in the top one percent nationally based upon the ETS Major Field Test for Biology.
  • 80 percent of last year’s senior class received support to conduct undergraduate research, both at UE and at other universities.
  • 90 percent of UE biology graduates, across the past five years, are currently studying or working in a STEM-related field.
  • Of the 2015 class that applied to graduate school, 100 percent were accepted.
  • In addition to University-based scholarship support, biology majors can receive merit-based financial aid through endowed scholarships for biology students.
  • 60 percent of last year’s biology graduating class participated in study abroad programs.

Departmental News

  • Faculty Honored at Celebration of Teaching Excellence

    The First Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence was held on Monday, May 6, and honored faculty teaching accomplishments and activities in pedagogical development during the academic year. This was the first year that the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence offered two certificates for faculty members who met requirements of engagement and participation in ECTE sponsored events.

    Faculty members earning the 2018-2019 New Faculty Engagement Certificate were:
    Alison Jones, Lecturer/Transition to Teaching Coordinator, School of Education
    Julie Merkle, Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology
    Sara Petrosillo, Assistant Professor of English, Department of English

    Faculty members earning the 2018-2019 Teaching Development Certificate were:
    Heather Fenton, Assistant Professor of Management, Schroeder School of Business Administration
    Lisa Marie Hale, Assistant Professor of Education, School of Education
    Jessie Lofton, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
    Mary Lombardo-Graves, Assistant Professor of Special Education, School of Education
    Diana Rodríguez Quevedo, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures

    Finally, the inaugural Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Diana Rodríguez Quevedo, Associate Professor of Spanish, for her commitment to her personal teaching development, supporting the growth of others, and strengthening teaching excellence across the campus community.

    Congratulations and thank you to all of our faculty colleagues for their commitment to teaching excellence at the University of Evansville!

    The Celebration of Teaching Excellence was hosted by the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence and made possible with the generous support of Rita and Richard Eykamp.

  • Monarch and Milkweed Changelab Shares Knowledge and Milkweed Plants

    The Monarchs and Milkweed Changelab team have finished their last event - a milkweed give-away at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve.

    While at nature center of WWNP, the team gifted the attendees with native milkweed plants and played a monarch game with kids who attended. In addition, the team shared seeds of native plants that can be grown in people’s backyards. The seeds given away came from UE’s Native Plant Garden, which provides a venue where over 100 species of native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees.

    Native plant diversity has great value for several reasons, including beneficial ecosystem services through improved ecosystem function, support for native insects (including insect herbivores and pollinators), and the food resources to other animals (e.g., birds via seeds and/or prey items). Unfortunately, habitat destruction has led to the loss of wetlands, prairies, and forests, resulting in reduced numbers of native plant species. As one would expect, the loss of floral diversity has caused a reduction in the number of herbivores and pollinators, and a reduction in ecosystem services. Every action you take to grow your own native plants will help butterflies, bees, and birds.

    To see a video story on this subject, please go here.

  • Hochwender teaches in I-DNR's Community Urban Forestry Program

    University of Evansville professor of biology Cris Hochwender recently taught tree identification to a group of community members at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve as part of their training to become tree stewards.

    The Indiana Community Tree Steward Program was offered for the first time in Evansville this year. Participants learn tree identification, the basics of urban tree care, and how to communicate the benefits of urban trees. Attendees are asked to then use their skills by volunteering 15 hours of service to local communities to improve or maintain the urban forest.

    Indiana Division of Forestry's Community Urban Forestry Program provides guidance to communities for development and caretaking of urban forests. An urban tree canopy is part of a community’s infrastructure and creates valuable environmental, economic, and social benefits. Well-managed urban forests pay back nearly three times the cost to plant and maintain them. More than 80 percent of the urban forest is in our own back yard. As society becomes more urbanized and sprawls into rural areas, forests, wooded edges, and woodlots in urban areas are an increasingly important resource.

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