As a biology student at Elmhurst, you’ll benefit from a high degree of individual attention from world-class scholars, combined with exciting opportunities not usually found at an intimate liberal arts institution.
Students at Elmhurst gain valuable experience in the field with hands-on research opportunities that are seldom available to undergraduates at larger institutions. Interested students choose a research project and work under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Some examples:
Elmhurst students also are involved in summer laboratory research programs at nearby institutions such as Loyola University Medical School. Read more about our faculty and student research here.
You might shadow a research biologist, work part time at a veterinary clinic, or meet periodically with a surgeon over the course of a semester. These and other opportunities help you get the feel of what the future might hold. Read more about internships here.
The Department of Biology hosts Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society. This organization brings together students with similar career interests for programs that further their knowledge and help them develop leadership skills for their chosen fields. The department also hosts Alpha Epsilon Delta, the honor society for pre-medicine students.
Morton Arboretum Botany Program
Biology students at Elmhurst benefit from the College’s close proximity to the renowned Morton Arboretum. This 1,700-acre botanical treasure boasts more than 3,300 types of plants from around the world and is staffed by research scientists and scholars.
Elmhurst students study with nationally recognized researchers at the Arboretum, earning credit for courses such as Field Botany, Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region, Vascular Plant Taxonomy, Plant Pathology, and Medical Botany. In addition, students have access to the Arboretum’s Sterling Morton Library, a unique scholarly resource with 28,000 volumes of botanic and horticultural literature.
Shedd Aquarium Aquatic Ecology Program
Our biology students have the opportunity to take courses taught by Shedd scientists: freshwater ecology offered at the Shedd and marine ecology of the Bahamas taught each spring that concludes with a two-week trip to the Bahamas working on a research vessel. Our students have the opportunity to compete for internship opportunities as well.
Through the College's affiliation with ACCA, biology majors have the opportunity to do research projects at the Morton Arboretum, the Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago Botanical Gardens and Brookfield Zoo.