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Prepare for careers in biotechnology, biochemistry, law, research, and a variety of health professions with Illinois Tech biology programs, while working with faculty on cutting-edge research projects.

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The biology program at Illinois Tech thoroughly covers the fundamental areas of biology including genetics, microbiology, cell biology and biochemistry, and structural biophysics. Gain a firm foundation in biological theory and experimentation through rigorous and relevant classroom and lab support. The curriculum provides you the knowledge, skills, and experiences to pursue many career paths after leaving Illinois Tech.

Career Pathways

Learn more about how a biology degree from Illinois Tech can uniquely prepare you for a career.

Training in biology is vital to a career in medicine. Biologists have many roles to play in the global healthcare industry. Learn more about Illinois Tech’s pre-health and pre-med programs.

Illinois Tech’s biology degree programs offer opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research, giving them an upper hand in applying for graduate school or preparing for a research career. The College of Science offers Undergraduate Summer Research Stipends, and biology faculty open their labs to undergraduate researchers, either for credit or for pay

An undergraduate degree from a tech-focused university such as Illinois Tech can be advantageous for a future lawyer. Illinois Tech is one of only a few institutes of technology with a law school, and the only one to offer top high school students the opportunity to apply to an undergraduate program and law school at Chicago–Kent College of Law simultaneously through our Honors Law program.


NIH Awards $6.3 Million to Illinois Tech’s BioCAT Facility

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $6.3 million to continue to operate Illinois Tech’s Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT) facility for biomedical research at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. Led by Thomas Irving, professor of biology and a biophysics researcher, BioCAT is one of the foremost facilities in the world for basic, applied, or translational research using synchrotron radiation that may be relevant to medical advances.

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Bioinformatics at Illinois Tech

Bioinformatics is a cross-disciplinary field at the interface between biology, computer science, and mathematics, allowing for massive amounts of data generated on any given day. Genomics and transcriptomics could not exist without bioinformatics. Explore this exciting pathway at Illinois Tech.

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Plastic-Eating Algea

Plastics are polluting the world’s oceans at an exponential rate, but students at Illinois Institute of Technology are working to genetically modify algae that could eat away at the growing problem...

“Earning my doctorate will be my proudest accomplishment, but I will always remember all the smaller steps and hurdles that were taken and overcome to reach the final outcome.” 

—Daniel Raba (Ph.D. BIOL ’19)


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Robert A. Pritzker Science Center
3101 South Dearborn Street, Room 182
Chicago, IL 60616