What is Biology?

Illinois offers two biology majors: Integrative Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. If you’re interested in either, you’ll apply into our Biology program. 

Biology at Illinois offers a prestigious, customizable education. You'll explore the world of biology your freshman year before deciding on a focus in one of the two majors. You'll study molecular and cellular functions. You'll also learn about metabolic, genetic, and physiological processes common to life, from molecules to global cycles. The knowledge you gain will 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


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


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