About the Department

Welcome to the Biology Department

A degree in Biology can open doors to many interesting and exciting careers. At UIS, the Biology degree is a hands-on process: students work directly with the equipment and learn through a balanced students working with microscopescurriculum that strengthens both intellectual and practical skills.

Students actively participate in research through faculty research interests in molecular, cellular, and organismal biology. Scientific facilities available to students include a new, well-equipped building with research laboratories. Because UIS is located in the state capital of Illinois, there are many opportunities for internships that help students gain valuable on-the-job experience.

Our students are prepared for further training in biology—including medical and other professional schools—and for careers in biology in the public and private sectors. UIS offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology


Upon graduating from UIS with a bachelor degree, students will be able to:


  • Design and conduct a scientific study to investigate biological systems;
  • Articulate and apply the concepts of cellular biology, organismal biology, ecology and evolution;
  • Explain the molecular basis of heredity and the processes of biological evolution;
  • Integrate the knowledge they have obtained across their biology vousrework to address applied issues and
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral scientific formats.

Timber Creek is one of several beautiful research settings available to UIS Biology students.