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

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

Post-Graduation Success1

72% employed or continuing education

43% employed after graduation

28% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$36,551 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Midwestern University, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

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: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394


  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876


  • Tuition: $36,556
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $56,250