College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology - Research Opportunities

An estimated 90% of graduating students work with faculty on research programs. Encouraging this kind of participation is what allows the department to publish between 20 to 25 scholarly journals each year.


As an IPFW biology major, you will have an opportunity with many of your classes to apply what is taught in class in a laboratory environment. The skills and experience that you will garner from working in our laboratories will prove essential for future employment or further schooling. Laboratories in all of the major disciplines of Biology will allow the student to experience the application side of Genetics, Ecology, Microbiology, and Physiology – just to name a few.

Lab sizes are smaller than most lecture classes to allow for maximum assistance from the professors to each of the students. Because most of the labs run congruent with its affiliated lecture class, you will get to experience the concepts you are currently studying as real, dynamic phenomenon.

The laboratory exercises in themselves are a mix of individual and group work. This gives students the broadest possible experience in how to work and succeed in the laboratory environment (something that will serve many students well after they have graduated). Many exercises will also involve a student write up, polishing your scientific writing abilities and allowing you the chance to reveal what insights you have gained from the exercises.

We have a 9,000 square foot AAALAC approved animal facility that provides housing for different species of experimental animals and also contains an animal surgical suite and five research laboratories. We also have a new state of the art greenhouse and associated head house attached to our new science building.

Field Stations

In addition to the many well-equipped laboratories on campus, biology students also have access to facilities at Crooked Lake Biological Field Station in northeastern Indiana.


IPFW's biology department offers both undergraduate and graduate students the tools and equipment necessary to further their understanding of the world around them.

The laboratories in the new Science Building contain all of the latest cutting edge gear that would be found in any modern corporate research facilities. Students will have the opportunity to use a Polymerase Chain Reaction apparatus to study genes. Physiological phenomena are recorded and studied on computers in another lab. Students in the microbiology lab will identify one of the numerous bacteria that we stock with the use of multiple testing techniques.