Bachelor of Science
The Science of the Environment Concentration
Departmental Goals and Objectives
The B.S. degree in Biology is designed to build a foundation in the biological sciences, to augment students’ learning skills, and to assist students in developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills applicable to scientific issues. It is the first professional degree in the discipline and prepares students for careers in biological sciences and/or graduate programs, as well as professional schools. The B.S. degree offers a balanced biology curriculum and opportunities for research experiences with a diversity of faculty conducting research in molecular, cellular, organismal biology and ecology. Scientific facilities available to students include a well-equipped building with DNA sequencers, molecular biology equipment, electron and fluorescent microscopes, a greenhouse, and other scientific equipment.
The goals of the foundational B.S. degree are to prepare biology students for many career options, including laboratory and field technicians, scientific sales representatives, project managers in life science and allied health professions, and teachers at the secondary, community college, and university levels. Recent biology graduates have successfully continued their careers in research, 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 Transportation, SIU School of Medicine, and Lincoln Memorial Gardens. 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 student’s BIO elective, but the same credits cannot be used for both. A student can take four credits of BIO 400 for his/her elective and an additional three credits of BIO 400 for ECCE Engagement if (s)he wants 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 UIS may elect to participate in the biology honors option. In addition to Biology Department and UIS requirements, honors students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, successfully complete BIO 302 Honors Seminar, BIO 402 Biometrics, 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.