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Alzheimer's: Collaborative Search for a Cure

Eric Hendricks studies the mitochondrial disfunction in Alzheimer's.


Students in the Department of Biological Sciences are able to engage in research early in their college career which results in meaningful research and outcomes, participation in professional conferences and publications, thus preparing them to move into their selective fields upon degree completion.

Kickapoo Creek Restoration

Since 2009, Dr. Robert Colombo and his biological sciences students at EIU have been engaged in measuring and evaluating the effects of efforts to restore fish and macroinvertebrate life in Kickapoo Creek, which was devastated by a 2001 contamination involving approximately 8,000 gallons of furfural. Read more...


Midland Brownsnakes: Field Research and Conservation

Iwo Gross studies Brownsnakes with Dr. Stephen Mullin at Fox Ridge State Park. Read more...




The Biology of Water Treatment

Biology master's degree candidate Kyle Heffron discusses his internship opportunity at the Charleston Waste Water Treatment Plant and how his experiences working there have been valuable not only to his education at EIU, but also to his preparation for a career in the field.


Our students have a broad variety of paid and non-paid, unique and traditional internship opportunities available to them. While our students continue to intern at local sites such as Fox Ridge State Park, Douglas-Hart Nature Center and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, newer partnerships and internship opportunities include participation and training in research at the City of Charleston Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Dr. Gordon Grado Pre-Medicine Internship Program which is sponsored by Dr. Gordon Grado, founder of Southwest Oncology Centers and an EIU biology alum. This is a unique opportunity for Eastern Illinois students interested in pursuing medicine.

Growing In and Out of the Classroom

Biological Sciences student Megan Miller talks about her undergraduate research and how it prepared her for an internship with the USDA.



Stellar Education. Small Classes.

Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

“I look forward to getting up every morning and coming in to school. Interacting with students is what makes me happy.” It’s easy to tell Barbara Carlsward makes this statement with absolute sincerity. One look at her face as she says the words backs up the certainty in her voice. Eastern Illinois University prides itself in attracting faculty members with a dedication to their students and their field of study, and Dr. Carlsward is the embodiment of this point of pride.


All courses for students majoring in the biological sciences are taught by research active faculty. You’ll be able to meet and work with professional faculty early in your educational career. With small class size and a myriad of practical and field based experiences, you will leave Eastern Illinois University well prepared and well prepared in your field.

Growing Renewable Resources

Planting trees for the renewable energy center.

Biology department looks to produce biomass to fuel EIU's Renewable Energy Center. Read more...



Teaching Option/Teacher Certification

The Secondary Science Teacher Certification Program at Eastern Illinois University provides students with an opportunity to prepare for a career as a high school science teacher. Our quality teacher education program is nationally accredited and gives the student practical experience in area districts. Successfully completing this course of study and passing the written certification examinations will allow candidates to teach a variety of high school science courses.