Biological Sciences

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Biology is a diverse and rapidly expanding field of study that addresses issues relevant to health, agriculture, industry, and the environment. Biologists are responsible for new discoveries in medicine and molecular biology, increasing crop yields and pest resistance, defining the ecological relationships that maintain our planet, and examining the origins and evolution of species, to name just a few. As the scope and pace of biological discoveries increase, so do the career opportunities for students in this exciting and rapidly expanding field of study.

Explore the Posibilities

Research Facilities

The department staffs and maintains state of the art computing facilities, confocal microscopy facility, a core DNA analysis lab, a graphic design facility, a greenhouse, a growth chamber facility, an herbarium, a museum, and a Molecular Analysis Core Facility.  

Research Collaboration

In addition to our own state-of-the-art facilities, we collaborate with several top-ranked institutions in our area:

Engaged Learning

Research in a Biology Professor’s Lab: Being involved in actual research is the best way to learn the process of science.  Here at NIU, students can work closely with a professor in a lab setting and gain valuable experience in the general principles of experimental design, analyses, interpretation, literature search, and scientific writing.

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP), Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry & Research (USOAR), Research Rookies and Undergraduate Research Assistantships:  Students can begin hands-on, faculty-mentored research as early as freshman year with the Huskie Research Rookies program. The USOAR program is open to all undergraduate students with a drive to pursue original ideas. URAP offers financial and scholarly support for undergraduates to work with senior faculty on research projects. Faculty serve as mentors and research guides, offering exciting and engaging ways to enhance the educational experience.

Clubs and Groups

What can I do with this Degree?

This program prepares students for employment in a variety of biological areas in government, education, and industry, for entrance into graduate study in a biological discipline, and for professional schools such as medical, dental, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. Although some may seem obvious, there are many opportunities that are often overlooked:

  • Physician
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Dentist
  • Zoo Keeper
  • Pharmacist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Museum Curator
  • Veterinarian
  • Horticulturist
  • Plant Genetic Engineer
  • Political Consultant
  • Industrial Molecular Biologist
  • Forensic Biologist
  • Research Technician
  • Bioinformatics
  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Food/Water Quality Control
  • Biological Patent Attorney
  • Nuclear Medicine Technicians
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Biotechnology Technician
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Conservation Biologist

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“Through their substantial research
and teaching experience, the
faculty and staff of NIU’s Biology
program provide a fertile
environment in which a student
may develop and nurture
intellectual curiosity for processes
of the natural world.”  

–Evan Wittke
NIU BIOS major, class of 2014

   

 

 

 

 

Degree Information

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a major leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree. The program prepares students for employment in a variety of biological areas in government, education, and industry, for entrance into graduate study in a biological discipline, and for professional schools such as medical, dental, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. With some additional course work and student teaching, students may also be certified to teach at the middle school and high school levels (Biology and General Science).

Who Studies Biological Sciences?

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Contact Information

Department of Biological Sciences
Montgomery 349
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: (815) 753-1753
Fax: (815) 753-0461
www.bios.niu.edu

Have a question? 
Email us: kgasser@niu.edu