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.

Connect With Us

Keep in touch with us and stay up-to-date on what’s happening in our department. We post announcements for all of our upcoming events and regularly highlight accomplishments from our students and faculty.

FacebookTwittercalendar

 

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.

Metzler_JenniferErin Larrabee

Biology advisor for pre-health professions
765-285-1868 | View email.

Erin will be your point of contact after your first year if you are in one of these 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

Need to schedule an appointment?

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

Dr. Jennifer Metzler

Assistant Teaching Professor in Biology
765-285-8857 | View email.

In addition to having Erin 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.

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.

August 17

Friday Faculty meetings
Academic year for faculty begins

August 18, Saturday

Saturday classes meet

August 20

Monday University classes for Fall Semester begin
Change-of-Course accepted

August 26, Sunday

Change-of-Course ends.

September 3, Monday

Labor Day – no classes
University administrative offices closed

October 8, 9, Monday, Tuesday

Fall Break—no classes
University administrative offices open

October 24, Wednesday

Course Withdrawal Period ends.*

November 21-25, Wednesday-Sunday

Thanksgiving recess – no classes
University administrative offices open on Wednesday

November 26, Monday

Classes resume.

December 8, Saturday

Final examination day for Saturday classes

December 10, Monday

Last meeting day for regular classes

December 11-14, Tuesday-Friday

Final Examination Period

December 14, Friday

Fall Semester ends

December 15, Saturday

December Commencement

December 19, Wednesday

Grades due by 5:00 pm.

December 16, 2018-January 6, 2019

Semester break

Graduate Assistant

Office

Email

Ahmadi, Tina CP 254B View Email
Artz, Caleb 267C View Email
Biernbaum, Erika 267A View Email
Brooks, Chelsie CP 254N View Email
Broshar, Courtney CP 254N View Email
Canty, Rhashaan CP 204L View Email
Cassel, Daniel CP 204J View Email
Chambers, Antonio 267D View Email
Clemmons, Rylee CP 254P< View Email
Connare, Brandon CP 204J View Email
Crump, Lexie 267D View Email
Davis, Taylor 267D View Email
DeFranco, Kate 267D View Email
DeRolf, Paul 270D View Email
Ferguson, Hannah 267C View Email
Ford, Josh 267D View Email
Fox, Nathaniel CP 204O View Email
French, Rachel CP 254B View Email
Harrison, Katelyn 267B View Email
Huber, Anthony 270E View Email
Kirschbaum, Avery 267D View Email
Klahn, Joseph 267E View Email
Kundenreich, Derek CP 254N View Email
Lamka, Gina 267B View Email
Large, Colton 270D View Email
Minder, Mario 222 View Email
Myers, Jordan 270E View Email
Northup, Shauna CP 254B View Email
Pickerill, Ethan 267E View Email
Pittsley, Rachel CP 204K View Email
Richardson, Adam 270B View Email
Robbins, Jeffrey 270B View Email
Rudolph, Aaron CP 204L View Email
Ruoss, Jenna CP 204S View Email
Seballos, Rody 267E View Email
Sharp, Alexander 270D View Email
Shelton, Deja CP 254P View Email
Smith, Zach CP 204O View Email
Sun, Alexandria CP 204S View Email
TerMarsch, Hannah 267A View Email
Thornton, Jessica CP 204T View Email
Tinsley, Melissa CP 204K View Email
Vacura, Kirsten 267E View Email
Vitali, Halie CP 254P View Email