Mission Statement


The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University is a broad-scope, comprehensive academic unit that encompasses diverse areas of biology from ecology to molecular/cellular bioscience. The core principles of evolution serve as the foundation for integrating the broad disciplines within the biological sciences.

The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to provide quality instruction and experiential learning in the broad field of biological sciences, to contribute to the field through scholarly research, to train the next generation of biological scientists and teachers, and to provide professional service.  Specifically, components of the departmental mission are:

  1. to provide quality education and instruction in the biological sciences for related programs across the university as well as the general education of students in the University community;
  2. to provide a strong foundation in biological sciences through quality undergraduate instruction, curricular innovation and experiential learning, upon which students may build professional careers;
  3. to train the next generation of biological researchers, educators and the scientific workforce through graduate programs that integrate research, teaching and the scientific process;
  4. to foster and contribute to significant scholarly activities in the biological sciences through robust research programs – both disciplinary and interdisciplinary – driven by faculty who integrate students at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels;
  5. to share our academic and research expertise in professional and service activities.

Contact Us

General Info:

Phone: (815) 753–7099

Email: kmeyer5@niu.edu

Graduate Studies

Phone: (815) 753-0437

Email: sfarley@niu.edu

Undergraduate Studies

Phone: (815) 753-0433

Email: ljudkins@niu.edu

Main Office

349 Montgomery Hall