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Biology

The right major matters.

The Biology Program provides you with a solid and comprehensive foundation in the biological sciences, preparing you to enter a variety of professional fields or continue your education in graduate school or in a health-professional program.

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As a Biology major at MacMurray College, you are offered a broad background in biology with concentrations in the following areas:

You gain experience in the laboratory and field through coursework, research opportunities, and career experiences. You will participate in collaborative learning through group projects and may gain leadership experience as undergraduate science mentors.

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Opportunities for Students

At MacMurray, you have opportunities to learn beyond the classroom through field trips to regional museums, zoos, and scientific laboratories. In addition, students have the following opportunities to expand their knowledge and experience.

Participate in Scientific Research

Motivated students may actively participate in scientific research. Students may assist faculty in experimental design and/or data collection during the academic year while earning credits toward graduation, or they may choose to gain research experience during the summer at various off-campus sites. Research experience is vital for students intending to pursue graduate studies in biology.

Study Biology Around the World

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MacMurray College offers a variety of study abroad experiences to its students. Students may choose to participate in a week-long trip during spring break; an extended study abroad trip, such as a 2-3 week trip during May term; or a semester-long program. The Population Biology & Management course focuses on the animal and plant species of southern Florida, and students recently traveled to West Africa as part of an Ecology & Conservation course. By traveling to other parts of the world to study biology, students not only become better trained biologists, but they gain a greater appreciation of cultural diversity. Potential employers view these experiences as indications that students can adapt to new situations and work well with others.

Become an Undergraduate Science Mentor

Select students may choose to become an undergraduate science mentor for a specific biology, chemistry, or physics course. These upper-level students will help their peers with note-taking, preparing for laboratory activities, and will facilitate study sessions. In turn, the mentors gain leadership experience and a more in-depth understanding of the science. Students seeking entrance into professional or graduate school, or anyone that wishes to work as part of a group in a scientific setting, would gain from this opportunity.

Your Career in Biology

With a degree in biology, you will have a wide range of potential careers, including a health professional, a laboratory scientist, a conservation biologist, an athletic trainer, or a scientific researcher (just to name a few). Our graduates have been accepted to such advanced-degree programs as the St. Louis University's Physician Assistants program and Washington University's Physical Therapy program, and they are working for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.