To inquire about this program:
Admission Office | 312-362-8300 ​

As a Biological Sciences student, you will take one year of introductory biology followed by a core program in ecology, genetics and cell biology.

After you have gained a strong foundation of knowledge in biological science theories and practices, you may take electives in areas such as ecological or evolutionary biology, developmental biology, molecular and cellular biology, physiology, neurobiology and anatomy.

There are six different concentrations within Biological Sciences, allowing you to gain specialization in the following areas:

  • General
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Ecology-Evolution
  • Neuroscience
  • Pre-Health
If you are interested in pursuing a career in education, the Department of Biological Sciences also partners with the College of Education to award teaching degrees.

The Department of Biological Sciences works with the College of Education to offer courses as part of a Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE). The MSSE program helps practicing teachers to gain experience and endorsement in areas of science.

Professors work directly with you in each lab section to develop and enhance your laboratory skills.  Most faculty members direct their own research programs, giving you an opportunity to work on multiple research projects. You will also be encouraged to attend seminars and complete internships.

We also offer a combined bachelor's/master's degree program in Biological Sciences and a combined bachelor's in Biological Sciences/master's in Secondary Education Biological Sciences. Both of these combined degree programs allow you complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in five years.

Internship Possibilities

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Argonne National Laboratories
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Children's Memorial Hospital
  • The Field Museum
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Museum of Science and Industry

What can you do with this degree?

  • Biochemical engineering
  • Botany
  • Conservation biology
  • Education
  • Environmental science
  • Forensics and criminal investigation
  • Marine biology
  • Medical school
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pharmaceutical research