As Iowa's, and the nation's, economy evolves toward more high-tech and STEM related fields, Iowa State University is providing the next generation of top talent and research discoveries that will spur sustained economic growth and development. Iowa State is a perfect example of this growing trend as it is home to the nation's largest biotechnology enterprise. Iowa must capitalize on the competencies of the university so future graduates can continue to lead the way in the biosciences.
- Currently, more than 6,000 students are studying biosciences
- Bioscience programs have seen a 27% increase in enrollment in the past five years while projecting continued growth of 10-20% over the next five years
- 66% of bioscience graduates stay in Iowa to pursue their career
- More than 450 faculty members from 225 departments and five colleges collectively make up the biosciences
Recognizing the strong demand for the biosciences by Iowa State students, the Biosciences Building Project is among the top priorities of the university this legislative session. A new building coupled with an addition to Bessey Hall will enable Iowa State to keep up with student demand. Furthermore, employing a flexible modular lab design will ensure the ability to adapt to changing technology and best practices.
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