The Department of Biology is one of the largest academic departments on campus, with nearly 1,400 majors enrolled at any given time. It’s our goal for all of our to students to succeed in and out of the classroom, which is why we provide specialized advisors, support our student organizations and keep you up-to-date with important upcoming dates and deadlines.

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Biology Advisors

As a first-year student at Ball State, you will initially be assigned a freshman advisor who will be your first point of contact when you have questions about your courses and schedules.

Starting your sophomore year, we will assign you one of our specialized advisors in biology, all of whom possess a graduate degree in biology to ensure you get the guidance you need to navigate your academic journey from underclassman to college graduate.

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Dr. Jennifer Metzler

Assistant Professor of Biology
765-285-8857 | View email.

A pre-health professions advisor will be assigned to students pursuing one of the following programs:

  • Pre-Medical Major
  • Pre-Dental Major
  • Medical Technology Major
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • General Biology Concentration
  • Teaching Major in Life Sciences Education
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

In addition to having Sarah as your advisor, Dr. Jennifer Metzler will serve as your faculty advisor, who can assist you with specialized pre-health professions questions, MCAT preparation, and admissions requirements for schools in the health professions, such as medical school and dental school.

Need to schedule an appointment?

Contact Melissa Schafstall or go to MyBSU and select AdvisorTrac under the Additional Tools section to get in touch.

Sarah McKillipSarah McKillip

Biology advisor for field and environmental biology
765-285-1620 | View email.

Sarah will be your point of contact after your first year if you are in one of these programs:

  • Aquatic Biology and Fisheries
  • Field Botany
  • Microbiology
  • Wildlife Biology and Conservation
  • Zoology
  • General Biology Concentration
  • Teaching Major in Life Sciences Education
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

Need to schedule an appointment?

Call or email Sarah or go to MyBSU and select AdvisorTrac under the Additional Tools section to get in touch.

In addition to having Sara as your advisor, you will also be assigned a faculty advisor in your area of study who can answer specialized questions and provide academic and career guidance.

The Department of Biology is home to several official Ball State University student organizations that meet regularly to discuss and coordinate academic and professional development opportunities for nearly all areas of study in biology.

Our current student organizations include:

View the official Ball State University Academic Calendar.

Summer 2019

May 13, Monday
University classes begin for Part of Term 1 (full summer term).
University classes begin for Part of Term 21 (first half term).
Change-of-Course accepted.

May 15, Wednesday
Change-of-Course end for Part of Term 21 (first half term).

May 17, Friday
Change-of-Course end for Part of Term 1 (full summer term).

May 27, Monday
Memorial Day – no classes
University administrative offices closed.

June 3, Monday
Course Withdrawal Period ends for Part of Term 21 (first half term).

June 14, Friday
Part of Term 21 (first half term) ends.
Term grades due Wednesday, June 20, 4:00 pm.

June 17, Monday
University classes begin for Part of Term 22 (second half term).
Change-of-Course accepted.

June 19, Wednesday
Change-of-Course end for Part of Term 22 (second half term).

June 24, Monday
Course Withdrawal Period ends for Part of Term 1
(full summer term).

July 4, Thursday
Independence Day Observance – no classes
University administrative offices closed.

July 8, Monday
Course Withdrawal Period ends for Part of Term 22 (second half term).

July 19, Friday
Part of Term 1 ends (full summer term).
Part of Term 22 ends (second half term).
Term grades due Wednesday, July 24, 4:00 pm.

July 20, Saturday
July Commencement

Fall 2019

August 16, Friday
Faculty meetings.
Academic year for faculty begins.

August 17, Saturday
Saturday classes meet.

August 19, Monday
University classes for Fall Semester begin.

Change-of-Course accepted.

August 25, Sunday
Change-of-Course ends.

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Undergraduate Research and Travel Grants

The Josie and Geoff Fox Fund supports the expenses of research projects as well as travel to professional meetings for undergraduate biology students studying some aspect of environmental biology. If you are interested in applying for grant funding, please see our informational PDF that describes criteria, eligibility and application procedures.

Students applying for a travel grant to attend the Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference in January 2019, must submit their application to Chay Reigle by Friday, December 14th, 2018. Applicants will be notified if they have received a travel award by Thursday, December 20th, 2018. Early registration deadline for the Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference is December 21st, 2018.

Grant Application Guidelines