Students walking into the Johnson Center

The Biology Department finds its home in the new Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, a 101,000-square-foot facility equipped with 30 state-of-the-art labs and technology-enhanced classrooms. Built to meet LEED-certification standards for environmental responsibility in construction and operation, the Johnson Center is the hub of scientific life at North Park and a stunning addition to the campus community.  

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Biology Department Travel Courses

Field research is the best way to see biology in action. Every year, the biology department organizes research trips to exotic locations like Costa Rica, the Bahamas and Taiwan. In these for-credit courses, students are immersed in the ecology and culture of the country with the help of North Park professors and local experts.

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Undergraduate Research

Get a jump on grad school by conducting hands-on original research as an undergraduate. The biology faculty at North Park invites all interested students to assist with advanced research into subjects like the epidemiology of Lyme disease, understanding the cause of Parkinson’s disease, and experimenting with genetically altered plants.

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Learn how to write like a scientist
Learn to Write Like a Scientist

Successful biologists understand how to communicate clearly and effectively through scientific writing. We developed the Writing Advisor program in the Biology department to pair first-year biology majors with junior and senior scientific writing mentors. Get personalized feedback on lab reports and research abstracts to better understand how scientific writing is structured and how scientific concepts are explained.

Why Choose North Park
Why Study Biology?

Biologists study life in all of its forms, from microscopic organisms to marine plants to the complex structure and function of the human body. By studying biology, you will learn how to apply the scientific method to unlock the divine mysteries of the natural world through topics like molecular and biology, human anatomy, botany, zoology, ecology, and microbiology. Majoring in biology will prepare you for advanced graduate study in areas like medicine, genetics, biotechnology, science education, and more.

Prof. Matt Schau teaches a biology lecture

Why North Park?

Our mission at North Park is to prepare students for lives of significance and service. The biology faculty at North Park are personally invested in that mission and in the success of every student by providing opportunities and advising that meet your unique goals. You’ll be encouraged to conduct original research alongside your professors, including for-credit travel courses to exotic locations. Your core classes will give you the knowledge you need while also challenging you to consider critical topics like ethics, communication, and compassion in the biological sciences.

Careers In Biology
Alumni Graduate Schools
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Mayo
  • Rosalind Franklin
  • Loyola University, Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Minnesota
Alumni Profile

Alum Becky Morrison’s opportunity to research alongside faculty members, as well as the advising relationships she built with her professors, prepared her for a master’s program in microbiology and a career as a scientist.

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Becky Morrison, Biology alumnus
Meet the Faculty

Dr. Linda Vick teaches courses across the biology curriculum—everything from embryology to zoology—and takes students to places like the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, Ethiopia, and the Bahamas.

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Linda Vick
Biology Honor Club

Every spring, a new group of high-achieving biology students are invited to join the TriBeta Biology Honor Club. Members gather regularly for meals, research discussions, outdoor exploration, guest speakers, and trips.

Pre-Professional Preparation

Prepare for medical, dental, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or veterinary school with a biology major and our one of our pre-professional tracks. You'll complete a recommended set of courses alongside your major and be advised on how to get the experience you need to be a standout among applicants. Learn more about our pre-professional track options.