Are you interested in learning about the world around you? The Biology Department at Northeastern Illinois University can give you the tools to ask and answer those pressing questions that interest you. Biology is the study of living organisms (bacteria, protozoans, fungi, algae, plants and animals); our students have the opportunity to learn about these organisms at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological levels.
The Biology Department has accredited programs for the Biology major (B.S. Biology), the Biology minor, and the Biology graduate degree (M.S. Biology).
Why choose the Biology Department at Northeastern?
- You will engage directly with faculty in a small classroom or laboratory setting.
- You will practice relevant laboratory techniques, through our intensive laboratory-based curriculum.
- You can use those lab skills, gained in the classroom, to take on a research project with our faculty in a wide range of specializations.
- You can customize your education to meet your career objectives through our flexible curriculum.
Whether you’re interested in a career in biotechnology, health sciences, ecology, botany or zoology, the Biology Department at Northeastern Illinois University can give you the tools to succeed. Our graduates gain employment in industry, government and non-profit organizations and successfully enter into medical, veterinary, pharmacy and other health professional programs and into master's degree and Ph.D. graduate programs.
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The Biology Department values the different lived experiences of our students, faculty and staff. Diversity of thoughts, opinions and backgrounds enhances learning, teaching and discovery in the classroom, laboratory and community. We work to create a sense of inclusivity through collaborative learning environments that allow students to work together to collect, analyze and interpret data, as well as promote student interactions and discussions centered around those data.
As biologists, we recognize our responsibility as stewards of the natural environment, caretakers of human health, and innovators in the ethical development and equitable distribution of resources and knowledge. We empower students to relate the biological topics they are learning to pressing societal issues such as health care inequities and the impacts of climate change. By incorporating modern, cutting-edge technologies and research advances into our laboratory classes, we equip students with the tools they need to achieve excellence in their careers. See our Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 newsletters to learn some of what our students and faculty are doing!