What is Biology?

At Illinois, we have two Biology majors: Integrative Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Molecular and Cellular Biology heavily emphasizes cells and the molecules that make them function, including DNA, while Integrative Biology focuses on systems biology, in which one component is studied in relation to other components. If you’re interested in either of these majors, you’ll apply into our Biology program. As a freshman in Biology, you’ll explore both options through introductory courses. Before your sophomore year, you’ll talk with your academic advisor and decide whether to complete your degree as an Integrative Biology or Molecular and Cellular Biology student.

Post-Graduation Success1

72% employed or continuing education

37% employed after graduation

34% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$38,012 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Heart for Change, Rockford School District 205, Fenwick High School

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 32 ACT Score

1260 - 1440 SAT Score

3.36 - 3.83 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $36,016


  • Tuition: $33,610
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $52,926


  • Tuition: $35,984
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $55,300

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