About BIT

Biology IT is a collaborative effort of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

We work with faculty, staff and graduate students in the biological sciences to ensure that their computing experience is fast, stable and secure. We provide system support, backup, software licensing, web development, research IT consulting and access to high-performance computers. More about


In 2019 we rolled out a Drupal 8 platform for Iowa State University websites delivered as a managed service. For more information see Request a Website.

Luggage was a stable release of Drupal 7 preconfigured to work with Iowa State University. It includes the ISU look-and-feel and was accessibility-compliant. The goal of Luggage was to collaborate on campus so that rather than reinventing the wheel, code could be written once and reused. Luggage is supported by the CALS/LAS web team and campus collaborators and was used for over 150 ISU websites. More about

Featured Projects

The Wildlife Extension and Outreach website is built on the Luggage Drupal platform and uses the Suitcase theme. Wildlife's mission is to education Iowans about local wildlife and their habitats to ensure positive interactions and a sustainable future.

The Horticulture and Home Pest News website serves as a hub of expert information about gardening, landscaping, lawn care, home pest management, and much more. HortNews is built with the Luggage Drupal platform with the Suitcase theme from Biology IT.

The Integrated Crop Management website is built with Luggage, Biology IT's Drupal-based platform. ICM provides extensive information about crops, pests, and soils in the form of resource directories, blog posts by experts, peer-reviewed updateds, and general news.