College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Biology?

Illinois offers two Biology majors: Integrative Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. If you’re interested in either of these majors, you’ll apply into our Biology program. You’ll spend your first year exploring the world of biology before deciding which path to pursue.

Biology at Illinois provides a prestigious, customizable education. As a Biology student, you'll study molecular and cellular functions. You'll also study metabolic, genetic, and physiological processes common to life from molecules through global cycles. We’ll prepare you for a competitive job market, graduate school, or health-related professional school.

Post-Graduation Success1

72% employed or continuing education

35% employed after graduation

36% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$37,920 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: AbbVie, Mayo Clinic, Baxter View All

Sample grad school destinations: Harvard University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University View All

Graduation & Retention2

3.8 years to degree

93% freshman retention rate

77% four-year graduation rate

88% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,258
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $15,952
  • Total: $37,218


  • Tuition: $34,708
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $55,008


  • Tuition: $37,098
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $57,398