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Biology (B.S.)

Biology is a wide-ranging discipline focusing on the study of living organisms and ecosystems. Develop a deeper understanding of the mechanisms behind biological processes by employing modern methods in biology.

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At Illinois Tech the biology major provides a solid foundation for pursuing careers in the health professions (medicine, optometry, dentistry), in biological research, or in education.

Through a well-balanced curriculum of theoretical and practical courses, you will acquire the critical skills for positions in industrial, medical, and other research laboratories. You'll also gain the academic background to succeed in graduate programs in biotechnology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.

Our biology major offers strong training in the areas of modern cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, and physiology, and provides a strong background in mathematics and physical sciences. Further tackle real-world problems through interdisciplinary teamwork and research.

Program Overview

Acquire critical skills for positions in industrial, medical, or other research laboratories, and the academic background to succeed in biotechnology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology graduate programs. Obtain hands-on experience through laboratory courses, independent studies, and/or research.

Career Opportunities

Biology careers are found in industries such as agriculture, food processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, health care, and biomedical research and development. Career examples include:

  • Agriculture/food scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Conservation specialist
  • Education
  • Environmental scientist
  • Laboratory technician

Admission to Illinois Tech is required to enroll in the B.S. in biology program. Consult your academic adviser before transferring into the program.