Integrative Biology


What is Integrative Biology?

As an Integrative Biology student, you’ll delve into the study of life and research the interactions of (and in) biological systems. This major emphasizes a strong foundation in experimental design, communication skills, and critical thinking. Your coursework will include a great deal of experiential training, with many classes having a lab component. You’ll study topics like genetics, anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution. Integrative Biology offers a Secondary Education option for the teaching of Biology in high schools. There is also an option for an Integrative Biology Honors concentration. If you’re interested in this major, you’ll apply into our Biology program. You may choose Integrative Biology as your major before your sophomore year.

Career Options

  • Ecology and conservation
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Organisms and evolution
  • Research
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

73% employed or continuing education

40% employed after graduation

32% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$35,471 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: AbbVie, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Baxter View All

Sample grad school destinations: Harvard University, Emory University, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 32 ACT score

1260 - 1440 SAT score

3.45 - 3.86 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

3.9 years to degree

95% freshman retention rate

94% four-year graduation rate

94% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,258
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses4: $15,952
  • Total: $37,818


  • Tuition: $34,708
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses4: $16,292
  • Total: $55,608


  • Tuition: $37,098
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses4: $16,292
  • Total: $57,998