College of Science and Health

Biology

Unravel the Mysteries of Life with a Biology Degree

Are you fascinated by the intricate workings of living organisms? Do you dream of unlocking the secrets of the natural world? Then embark on a journey of discovery with a biology degree!

This versatile degree isn’t just about memorizing scientific terms. It’s a thrilling exploration of life’s captivating mysteries, from the microscopic dance of molecules within cells to the grand symphony of ecosystems. You’ll delve into the fundamental building blocks of life, unraveling the fascinating secrets of genetics and evolution.

But biology extends far beyond textbooks and lectures. Imagine peering into the heart of a cell through powerful microscopes, deciphering the language of DNA, or venturing into the field to study diverse ecosystems firsthand. As a biology student, you’ll gain hands-on experience, participating in research projects and conducting experiments that push the boundaries of our knowledge.

Beyond the thrill of discovery, a biology degree equips you with invaluable skills. You’ll become a master of critical thinking, problem-solving, and scientific analysis, skills that are highly sought-after in today’s world. These skills, coupled with your deep understanding of life sciences, open doors to a vast array of exciting career opportunities.

The BenU Difference

Discover Your Ideal Biological Path at Benedictine University

At Benedictine University, your biology education extends beyond traditional learning. Conduct cutting-edge research with renowned faculty, gain real-world experience in clinics and hospitals, explore nature at the Jurica-Suchy Museum, learn from dedicated professors, and receive ongoing support from faculty mentors throughout your journey.

Benedictine fosters a vibrant learning environment where aspiring biologists develop critical thinking and teamwork skills through active research and collaboration. This holistic approach equips them with a deep understanding of the biological world and prepares them for successful careers in research, healthcare, education, and environmental science.

Join our vibrant community of learners and educators and embark on a transformative journey of discovery at Benedictine University.

Two Distinct Bachelor’s Degrees to Cater to Your Individual Aspirations:

B.S. in Biology:

  • Master the fundamentals: Delve deep into the intricacies of biology, encompassing molecular and cellular processes, complex systems, and the vastness of ecology.
  • Gain practical experience: Enhance your theoretical knowledge with hands-on learning through engaging laboratory sessions.
  • Prepare for advanced studies: Equip yourself with the solid foundation needed to excel in graduate programs, research careers, and professional fields requiring in-depth biological expertise.

B.A. in Biology:

  • Embrace flexibility: Tailor your education by selecting elective courses that complement your interests and career goals.
  • Explore diverse healthcare paths: Combine your core biology knowledge with specialized electives to prepare for rewarding careers in clinical laboratory science, nuclear medical technology, diagnostic medical sonography, and more.
  • Receive personalized guidance: Benefit from the expertise of our dedicated professional and faculty advisors who will help you navigate your academic journey and identify the ideal program for your unique aspirations.

Unlock Your Biological Potential

A bachelor of science in biology opens up a wide range of career opportunities in various fields, including healthcare, research, education, and environmental science.

Here are some of the top career paths for individuals with a BS in biology based on salary potential, job growth, and overall demand:

  • Medical Scientist: Research and develop new drugs, medical treatments, and diagnostic tools. 
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS): Analyze and interpret patient samples to provide critical diagnostic information. 
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist: Conduct research and development in the pharmaceutical industry to create new drugs and therapies. 
  • Biomedical Engineer: Design and develop medical devices, prosthetics, and surgical instruments. 
  • Biochemist: Study the chemical processes that occur in living organisms. 

Here are some of the top career opportunities for individuals with a BA in Biology, based on salary potential, job growth, and overall demand:

  • Medical Laboratory Technician: Analyze samples under supervision to assist in diagnosis, growing field with average salary, requires laboratory skills and attention to detail.
  • Clinical Research Assistant: Assist researchers in clinical trials, fastest growing field on this list with good salary, requires organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Research Assistant: Support researchers in diverse biology fields, average salary and job growth, requires strong scientific knowledge and analytical skills.
  • Public Health Educator: Promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases, faster than average job growth with good salary, requires excellent communication skills and knowledge of public health principles.
  • Science Teacher: Inspire future generations, good salary and average job growth, requires strong subject knowledge and excellent teaching skills.

What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Our graduates matriculate into medical, dental and other health professional schools including Harvard University, Yale University, The University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Others choose to go straight into one of the many career fields seeking trained biologists.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Biology program:

  • Engaged Learning Experience in Biology
  • Vertebrate Embryology
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Paleobiology
  • Basic Endocrinology

Biology courses (BIOL):

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Graduate course descriptions

Programs

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Biology, BA – Lisle

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Biology, BS – Lisle

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Biology Minor – Lisle

Allied Health Tracks

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Clinical Lab Sciences – Lisle

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Lisle

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Nuclear Medicine Technology – Lisle

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Radiation Therapy – Lisle

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Respiratory Care 3+2 – Lisle

Requirements

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Teaching License – Lisle

Discover your future at BenU