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Why choose biology at North Central College?

You’ll delve into scientific research from day one as a biology major at North Central. Our research-rich curriculum and opportunities and collaboration with faculty on real-world research projects will help you develop the skills of a scientist. You may present your findings at North Central’s own Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research or at a national conference, and you may even publish your work. You’ll gain broad experience from molecules and cells to organisms and ecological systems and prepare yourself for a career in research, medicine, education, environment or biotechnology.

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To learn more about experiences and opportunities here at North Central College as a biology major, click here.


Marissa Sylvester ’15, far left, gives her perspective
Of the many students who served nationwide during spring break, some traveled to Detroit to serve with a mission dedicated to economic disaster recovery work.
Rebecca Heinen ’15 is awarded Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention, the highest national award for students pursuing careers in science, math research.
Undergraduate and graduate students attending any college or university can enroll in summer credit courses at North Central College.



Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in biology have been accepted at:

  • Brandeis University
  • John Carroll University
  • Midwestern University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin

Medical and Professional Schools

Schools attended by recent graduates in biology include:

  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Loyola University School of Nursing
  • Kansas State Univ. College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Midwestern University physician assistant program
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • University of Illinois-Chicago Dental School
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine


Recent graduates in biology include:

  • Dow AgroSciences
  • Edward Hospital
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Oswego East High School
  • PharmaPro, Inc.
  • Romeoville High School
  • Shedd Aquarium
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After completing the College’s Summer Research Program, Alex presented his findings at the 2010 Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. "The faculty hold students to a high level of academic achievement. That’s challenging, to say the least, but it’s also very rewarding," says Alex, who worked on a project that involved synthesizing a salamander's DNA. "My work gave me an appreciation for the research process that will last the rest of my life. I worked closely with faculty in their roles as research advisors and contributed to a science department culture that is really flourishing."

In 2010 Alex was named the College’s Outstanding Major in Biology as well as the College Conference of Illinois...

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Of all the things Jordan loves about North Central College, nothing tops the feeling he gets after seeking the counsel of his professors.

“There are many days when I’ll go into their offices confused and in need of direction,” he says. “When I leave, it’s with a clear mind, ready to attack my next project. This is probably my favorite thing about North Central—my professors are always willing to aid me in my classes, job searches, grad school and career aspirations.”

Jordan is a member of the North Central cross country and track and field teams. Even with his busy training schedule, he found time to complete a summer internship that focused on ecological restoration. He also served on a search...

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As a freshman, Kari Nelson was already conducting research with a biology professor, using E. coli bacteria to study the aging process.

“I just wanted to get my feet wet in the field,” she says.  

“Everyone helps each other out—including professors. They are very connected with their students.”

Also during her first year, she worked for a chiropractor and learned about the health field by assisting in blood draws, X-rays and various therapies.

“A lot of opportunities early on helped me realize what I do and don’t want to do,” she says. “I realized I love science, but I also love being with people and applying the science.”

Kari wants to become either a high school teacher...

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“I fell in love with the sciences here … the one-on-one research and all the opportunities. Other colleges just can’t compare.”

A future physician assistant, Madison studied abroad at the University of Glasgow, where she worked with a professor on his research and dissected human cadavers as part of an anatomy class. To fund her research, she secured a Richter grant from North Central and presented her findings at a national conference.

Madison regularly participates in a Saturday science program, sharing her love of science with grade-school girls at a nearby school. “It’s been very rewarding, and I could never have done it without direction and connections from my professors.”

Madison is...