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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: Rockford School District 205, Fenwick High School, Glenbrook North High School View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Midwestern University View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 32 ACT score

1260 - 1440 SAT score

3.45 - 3.86 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

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: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876

International

  • Tuition: $36,556
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $56,250
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