Bachelor of Science
Science of the Environment Concentration
Departmental Goals and Objectives
The BS degree in Biology is designed to augment student learning, build a broad foundational understanding of biological sciences, create relevant competencies in scientific practices, and develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to address current scientific issues.
The degree includes a broad curriculum with biology courses and integral supporting disciplines; that also allows flexibility for students and their advisors to construct a degree that prepares the student for a variety of fields of interest in the biological sciences. The curriculum is delivered by faculty with diverse interests, providing opportunities to participate in research in many areas including molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological fields of study.
With a foundational curriculum and research opportunities available, the BS degree prepares students to continue their careers in biological sciences in industry, government, and academia. Graduates from UIS with a BS in Biology have entered their professional careers as laboratory and field technicians, scientific sales representatives, biology project managers, and secondary teachers. Other graduates have successfully continued their academic careers in graduate school and professional schools for medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.
Internships and Undergraduate Research
Students can gain practical professional experience by participating in an internship through the Internships and Prior Learning (IPL) programs. Placements have included state agencies such as the Illinois State Museum, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources as well internships at SIU School of Medicine, Lincoln Memorial Garden, or local Veterinary Clinics. Students may also conduct research with Biology faculty members (BIO 400 ECCE: Undergraduate Research). These experiences can count toward a student’s ECCE Engagement requirements. Please note that courses can only count toward fulfillment of one requirement. BIO 400 can be used as either ECCE Engagement or a BIO elective, but the same credits cannot be used for both. A student can take four credits of BIO 400 for their elective and an additional three credits of BIO 400 for ECCE Engagement if they want to fulfill both requirements through a research experience (seven credits total).
Undergraduate Honors in Biology
Biology majors with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.25 at U.I.S. may elect to participate in the Biology Honors option. In addition to Biology Department and U.I.S. requirements, honors students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, successfully complete BIO 302 Honors Seminar, BIO 402 Biometrics (or equivalent statistics course). and BIO 400 ECCE: Undergraduate Research, and present their findings in a formal paper and public seminar (e.g., Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium – STARS). Students must apply for participation in the honors program to the department chair, and obtain the approval of their faculty research advisor before beginning the program.