Information about BIOL-S 318 Evolution, Honors, in Fall 2018

BIOL-S 318 Evolution, Honors is offered in Fall 2018. The course is open to Biology B.A. and Biology B.S. students with a 3.300 or higher cumulative GPA as of the moment of enrollment. Students who enroll without prerequisites, GPA, and correct major will be removed from the course.

BIOL-S 318 provides Intensive Writing credit; it is a COLL Intensive Writing section. (The course notes do not say that as of today, but this is being corrected. It is definitely a COLL Intensive Writing course.)

Questions? Email


Application deadline this Monday, 1/30/17, for Grand Cayman program. Apply now!

Biology, Microbiology, and Animal Behavior majors,


This year’s Tropical Biology Program in Grand Cayman will concentrate on coral reef ecology and conservation and give students first-hand experience diving on some of the best-developed reefs in the Caribbean.  The program will be held on Grand Cayman Island, with tentative dates May 9-19, 2017.  You must be scuba certified to go on the program. Scuba instruction will be available during the second eight weeks of the Spring 2017 semester.


Participating students will earn 3 credit hours of BIOL-L 433 Tropical Biology. How this counts for you:


  • Biology B.A. and standard Biology B.S. – counts as an upper-level approved BIOL lab in your major
  • Animal Behavior B.S. – counts as a formal lab in your major
  • Biology B.S. with any Area of Concentration: counts as an elective (like Folklore or Gender Studies). Does NOT fulfill an upper lab in your major.
  • Microbiology B.A. and Microbiology B.S.: counts as an elective (like Folklore or Gender Studies). Does NOT fulfill an upper lab in your major.


More information is available on the Overseas Study website at  The program is listed under IU Programs, Cayman Islands.


Deadline for applications is this Monday, January 30, 2017!


Questions? E-mail Dr. Bill Ruf, Director of the Tropical Biology Program, at


We hear tremendously positive feedback on this program from participants. Even if you weren’t planning to spend some of this weekend working on an application – think about it!

BIOL-L 376 Biology of Birds no longer conflicts with MWF 11:15 a.m. classes this fall!

Biology and Animal Behavior majors: Were you considering taking BIOL-L 376 Biology of Birds this fall, but you didn’t, because it conflicted with your 11:15 a.m. MWF class?


The ending time of the Monday BIOL-L 376 lab meeting has been changed, so it no longer conflicts with MWF 11:15 a.m. classes! This change is already official and visible in the Schedule of Classes. The lecture meets 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday, and the lab meets 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday, except it starts earlier when there are field trips. Students should anticipate five Monday morning field trips (7:00-11:00 a.m.) and four labs (8:00-11:00 a.m.). Since the lab now ends at 11:00 a.m., it does not conflict with 11:15 a.m. Monday classes!

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UTAs wanted for Dr. Ragsdale’s BIOL-L 111 section

Attention Biology majors:

I am looking for undergraduate teaching assistants for my BIOL-L111 section this coming Fall 2016. I have two positions available, one for credit and one paid position (to receive pay, you must have been a UTA for credit with Biology before). Joining our instructor team may require some schedule reshuffling of your schedule at this point, but if you are interested or have questions please let me know (email:

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BIOL-M 460 Microbial Evolution – offered Spring 2016

We are absolutely thrilled that the Microbiology program will once more offer M460: Microbial Evolution.  This course will be taught in Spring 2016.  We encourage our students who are interested in microbiology or evolutionary biology to sign up for M460.  Note that the prerequisite for this course is L211.

The course will be taught by Dr. Jeffrey Palmer (, who is extremely excited to teach the class.  Microbial Evolution covers the ongoing revolution in our understanding of the evolution, diversity, and the importance of microbial life on earth.  The class will touch on the evolution of parasites and pathogens and viruses, antibiotic resistance, symbiosis, the human microbiome, horizontal gene transfer and the tree of life.

In other words, this is going to be a very, very cool course.  This content will be of interest to anyone interested in health professions, in research, in microbiology and biotechnology, and in evolutionary biology.  We encourage you to look at the attached flyer, prepared by Dr. Palmer: M460 flyer – Spring 2016


Costa Rica BIOL-L 433 Intersession program – apply by 9/14

The intersession Costa Rica program is a two-week overseas study program in tropical biology that takes place over winter break. You may e‐mail Prof. Ruf directly with questions. The course is BIOL‐L 433 Tropical Biology; participating Biology and Animal Behavior majors earn upper‐level lab credit, while Microbiology majors earn upper-level elective credit. The deadline for submitting your application to the IU Office of Overseas Study is Sept. 14, 2015.

For details on how to apply, see the Overseas Study web site: