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Hands-on Program, Exciting Field

Undergraduate Biology at Illinois Tech in Chicago

Biology paves the way for inventions and discoveries that vastly improve our quality of life. Biologists make discoveries that help to safely feed the world, find new sources of fuel, determine ways to effectively treat disease, and campaign to save species on the brink of extinction. If any of this sparks your interest, Illinois Tech is the perfect place for you to cultivate your curiosity.  Our undergraduate degrees offer stimulating coursework that will prepare you for careers in biotechnology, biochemistry, law, research, and a variety of health professions.

You can earn your bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, or bioinformatics, or earn a dual degree in biology and psychology. Premed, honors law, and honors pharmacy programs are available, as are co-terminal degrees (combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees) in biochemistry plus food safety and technology; biochemistry plus biology; biochemistry plus computer science; or biology for both the bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. There are three dual-degree programs that offer pathways to a medical career in osteopathic medicine, pharmacology, or optometry.

You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with distinguished faculty on research. You might:
  • use the beamlines at Argonne to help to unravel the mechanisms of muscle contraction and regulation
  • study cellular signaling and behavior to provide a foundation for diagnosis and treatment of human diseases, such as cancer and diabetes
  • develop and use software tools that help researchers determine and analyze the three-dimensional structures of large biomolecules
  • determine the structures of bacterial and eukaryotic protein
  • do comparative genomics, with an emphasis on finding the elements that distinguish obligate pathogens from their free-living relatives
  • study how pest insects adapt to biotech crops and insecticides and how the interactions with the plants they eat affects the evolution of insects
  • study the metabolic strategies and host-pathogen interactions of harmful bacteria such as Chlamydia trachomatis and Vibrio cholerae, a gastrointestinal pathogen, studies essential to the design of selective antibacterial drugs
  • investigate fundamental basic science questions related to brain injury and disease and to connective tissue conditions including heart disease and arthritis
  • characterize multi-domain proteins, including dystrophin, the product of the largest human gene. 

In your spare time, you will be encouraged to participate in many co-curricular biology student groups and activities that will supplement your coursework, while allowing you to build lasting friendships and connections with your classmates.

And you will do it all in a warm, caring community of teachers and students who learn from one another every day.

When all is said and done, you will leave IIT feeling satisfied with your experience, and ready to take on your next step, like recent IIT graduates Henna, Alex, RaghavPooja, and Ethan!