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

  • 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.

  • UE students to make presentation on decline of monarch butterflies and milkweed

    Students from the University of Evansville will be discussing the “Decline of the Monarch Butterfly and Milkweed Populations” on Saturday, March 30, at John James Audubon State Park. The presentation begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Audubon Museum Theatre. The students will focus on the impact that the decline of native plants, specifically milkweed, has on the environment, and the importance of maintaining native pollinator gardens

    Free milkweed plants will be given out to attendees of the presentation.

    Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, call 270-826-2247, ext. 228, or email

    This lecture is part of the Nature Notes Lecture Series presented by Friends of Audubon.

    John James Audubon State Park is located at 3100 US Hwy 41 North, in Henderson, Kentucky.

  • Edwards to speak at Science with a Twist

    Dale Edwards, University of Evansville professor of biology, will be the guest speaker at the March Science with a Twist lecture. Science with a Twist is a science outreach program that invites local scientists to speak about a topic in science of interest to them.

    The lecture is Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Bokeh Lounge, 1007 Parrett Street at Haynie’s Corner.

    The topic of Edwards' lecture will be "Freshwater Mussels of North America: Stories of Pearls, Peril, and Providence."

    The event is free and open to the public.

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