Graduate Studies


Deadline for Department of Biological Sciences fall admission, is January 1.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with potential faculty advisers before submitting an application and to indicate that they have done so on their Statement of Purpose. Furthermore, applicants will be viewed more favorably if their Statement of Purpose and Letters of Recommendation show evidence of: Relevant experience, past academic performance, strong writing skills, perseverance, work ethic, independence, service, outreach, and an identified research direction for graduate school.

The graduate committee meets in January, May and October to make decisions and applicants will be notified by the following month of decisions.

Graduate Programs in Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences has two graduate programs leading to an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in the Biological Sciences. Students interested in obtaining a Master of Science degree may select from two options: thesis and non-thesis, or two specializations (Human Anatomical Sciences,  or Biology Teaching). Students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. degree may apply to our doctoral program.

Areas of Study

  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Conservation
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology Education
  • Anatomy

Contact Us

General Info:

Phone: (815) 753–7099


Graduate Studies

Phone: (815) 753-0437


Undergraduate Studies

Phone: (815) 753-0433


Main Office

349 Montgomery Hall