The primary mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to provide an exceptional education to both undergraduate and graduate students.
If you have a passion for understanding how cells and living organisms function, and enjoy scientific experimentation and field or laboratory studies, then you should consider majoring in biology. Biology is the study of living organisms (bacteria, algae, protozoans, fungi, plants, and animals). It is a large discipline that encompasses molecules and cells, organs and organ systems, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Biologists study cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution, organismal biology, systematics and ecology, and behavior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences students interested in botany, zoology, ecology and systematics, and cell and molecular biology who want to pursue careers in biology, including wildlife biology, fisheries biology, endangered species biology, work in nurseries, garden centers, and zoo or become natural resources managers should pursue the biology option. Click here for more information on this program.
The EVB is a biology degree that specifically focuses on environmental issues. The interests of EVB majors cover a wide range of topics. Students in the program are interested in Natural Resources Management, Pollution, Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Conservation, Renewable Energy, Wildlife Rehabilitation and many, many other topics. Click here for more information on this program.
EIU offers pre-health-professions coursework to prepare students for admission to medical programs at other institutions. Click here for more information on this program.
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. Successfully completing this course of study and passing the written certification examinations will allow candidates to teach a variety of high school science courses. Click here for more information on this program.
“My research is driven by an interest in understanding wildlife-habitat associations. My research projects are diverse but aim to understand the factors explaining why species occur where and when they do, patterns of animal movement in search of suitable conditions, and the consequences of movement and habitat selection on fitness and species distributions at various scales."
"My research focuses on how fish interact with the environment from a biomechanics perspective. We investigate how fish fins, teeth and eyes have evolved to give each species the capacity to explore a certain habitat. Undergraduate and graduate students are highly encouraged to contact me by phone or email about current research opportunities."
“My research focuses on how fish populations respond to anthropogenic impacts. Specifically, I am interested in the responses of native fishes to harvest, invasive species and habitat alterations. Most of my research focuses on commercially or ecologically important species in lotic (flowing) water system."
"EIU's education extends far beyond the classroom, providing strong, applicable skills I've continued to use past graduation and throughout my career. The sincerity and passion behind the professors has provided me with experiences I'll carry with me for a lifetime."Paul Edwards, Environmental Toxicology (2012)
"There's so much out there waiting for you. So many opportunities to do research to find employment. Just go and explore everything that Eastern has to offer, because you won't find it anywhere else. It's really one of the best choices I've made.”Jennifer Kim, Biology (2014)
"The small class sizes, hands-on lab experiences, and engaged instructors who consistently delivered detailed feedback on my scientific writing and career advice provided me with the best possible groundwork to be a successful neuroscientist.""Apryl E. Pooley, Biological Sciences Bachelor's (2008), MS (2011)
"Whether it be through receiving prestigious summer research fellowships at several universities, internships, or performing honors research through the EIU Departmental Honors Program, I have developed professionally as a student of science and medicine.”Nick Smith, Pre-Health Professions (2015)