Department of Biology

The study of biology leads to dynamic careers in health care, teaching, agriculture, research and beyond.

Elmhurst College is a national leader in a concept-based style of biology education—one that’s hands-on, collaborative, and focused on the real world. Biology at Elmhurst is about solving problems and making discoveries. It’s about becoming a thinker, not a technician, and graduating as a broadly trained biologist. Our curriculum follows National Science Foundation recommendations.

Hands-On Experience

As a biology major at Elmhurst, you’ll work closely with our expert faculty on cutting-edge research, like the evolution of mussels or the molecular mechanisms of breast cancer. All of our students present their work at undergraduate conferences; many earn recognition as co-authors on research publications.

New Labs and Facilities

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and recently renovated laboratories, including:

  • Flexible-use labs that are fully capable of doing modern biology, including research involving sophisticated genetic analysis
  • A greenhouse
  • Human cadavers and other anatomical resources
  • The 120-plus plant species of our arboretum campus

Careers and Outcomes

A biology degree from Elmhurst will set you up for a successful career in research, health care, pharmacy, biotechnology, education or just about anything. Our graduates go on to top Ph.D. programs and professional schools, and they work everywhere from the U.S. Forest Service to top-tier hospitals to Kraft Heinz and Abbott Laboratories.

The research opportunities I had at Elmhurst are going to open up a lot of doors for me.

Anders Winquist-Bailey

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