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Why Choose Biology?

The biology program at IIT provides a rigorous educational experience in the fundamental areas of biology including genetics, microbiology, cell biology and biochemistry, and structural biophysics. It gives you a firm foundation in the field, both in biological theory and experimentation, so that you may pursue many career paths after leaving IIT.

Our students also benefit from small class sizes, classes taught by faculty (not teaching assistants) who are accessible to students, and individual advising by members of the faculty.

The curriculum is interdisciplinary and flexible, allowing degree options in biology, biochemistry, and molecular biochemistry and biophysics. IIT offers special degree programs in secondary education, dual B.S./M.S., dual B.S./M.D. or D.O., and dual B.S./optometry.

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Two New Biology M.S. Degrees

IIT's Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions is suitable as preparation for professional health schools, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy.


IIT's Master of Science in Biology with Applied Life Sciences specialization is for people who are working in the life sciences (pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical technology) industry and want a graduate degree to obtain a more advanced position in industry.

New Biology B.S. Degree

Students who are interested in both biology and computer science may consider the study of bioinformatics.


Bioinformaticians develop ways to gather and analyze data for biology research and other purposes. Advances in biology are often impeded by the glut of ever-expanding datasets and by a lack of dedicated software and algorithms, requiring skilled biologists capable of handling massive amounts of information, performing in-depth statistical analyses, and programming. Bioinformaticians do all of these things.

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IIT Biologists Determine the Molecular Mechanisms of Enzyme Action in Cholera and Related Diseases
Illinois Institute of Technology biologists have described the operation at the molecular level of a key enzyme associated with... read more
Researchers Solve Mystery of How AkT "Moves" from Cytosol to Cell Membrane
Chicago – July 29, 2015 -  Jialing Xiang, professor of biology at Illinois Institute of Technology, and her collaborators... read more
Congratulations 2015 Graduates!
IIT College of Science would like to congratulate the students who were officially recognized for their academic achievements... read more
College of Science Announces 2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Stipend Winners
The IIT College of Science has chosen 11 students to receive summer research funding, eight under the COS Undergraduate Summer... read more
IIT College of Science Offers New STEM Education Minor
IIT College of Science has developed a new pathway to a teaching license in Illinois: the STEM Education minor. Students who... read more


Jean-Francois Pombert - Biology, IIT
Oct 13, 4:00pm
IIT SIAM - Lecture - Engineering 1 Room 119
Oct 13
Eric D. Wieben - Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, - Co-Director, Clinomics Program; Leader, Medical Genome Facility, - Mayo Clinic
Nov 6, 2:30pm
Biology - Lecture - MTCC Auditorium
Nov 6