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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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Five North Central College alumni who reflect the high aspirations of North Central graduates are recognized and honored at Homecoming as outstanding alumni.
Caitlyn Lee ’17, Dru Rozewicki ’17, Kara Majich ’17
North Central College science majors land three of only six openings for radiation therapy program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Four North Central College biology majors were part of an ongoing research project, studying marine ecosystems and conservation projects in the Bahamas.



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
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine


Recent graduates in biology have been hired by:

  • Dow AgroSciences
  • Edward Hospital
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Oswego East High School
  • PharmaPro, Inc.
  • Romeoville High School
  • Shedd Aquarium
Biology major

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...

Veterinary Medicine major

Joel plans to become a veterinary researcher and wanted his college experience to help him reach his goal.

“My high school was known for its large student population,” he says. “For college, I wanted to get a more personal experience with my professors and classmates. North Central was the perfect fit.”

Joel says he’s received this individual attention at North Central with professors helping him find connections between animal physiology, cell biology, biochemistry and other science courses. He participated in Beta Beta Beta biological honors society, where he bonded with others who shared his interest in biology.

“The camaraderie that exists among the staff and students at North Central...

Biology major

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...

Biology major

“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...

Biology major

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...


Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, Valerie has always been fascinated with exploring ecosystems. North Central College allowed her love for nature to blossom.

As a first-year student, Valerie was awarded a summer internship to work on an ecology research project. She has been a lab assistant and became president of the biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta. She also interned in the water quality lab at the Springbrook Water Reclamation Center in Naperville.

Valerie credits her success to her strong ties with North Central College professors.

“You develop a bond with them,” she says. “Having such open and available communication with professors has helped me tremendously with my studies and...

Biology major, Neuroscience minor

A transfer student from Yale University, Adam found many opportunities at North Central to help him prepare for a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

Adam knew he wanted to pursue a neuroscience minor after completing his first of two summers researching Alzheimer’s disease at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco.

“The material is incredibly interesting; neuroscience is one of the last frontiers of biology. Every day neuroscientists discover new information on the function of the human brain.”

North Central recently founded a neuroscience club and opened a chapter of the neuroscience honor society. However, Adam is most excited about his independent senior research project...