Discover the vaccine that will halt a global pandemic. Explore root causes of climate change. Build prototypes for artificial limbs that will help amputees regain function.

Our biology curriculum offers an opportunity for students to understand the structures and processes that characterize life and appreciate the tremendous diversity of living organisms.

Course work is balanced among three scales of biological organization: cell and molecular biology; physiology and organismal biology; and ecology and evolutionary biology.

An important component of the major is independent research that enables students to become familiar with the process of science by investigating a specific biological problem in the laboratory or field. With several local research areas – including a nature preserve and our Educational Garden & Farm – there are no shortage of hands-on learning opportunities. 

Most courses are extensive rather than intensive in content, providing students with considerable breadth in the biological sciences as a whole. An emphasis in Global Food Security may also be added to this major as a minor.

Biology News

  • ’1853 Podcast’ Episode 26: April 9, 2021

    Theatre professor Vanessa Campagna previews Little Women, which will be performed April 15-18 at the Wells Theater; biology professor Ken Cramer and environmental studies and sustainability major Grace Simpson ’23 of Metamora, Illinois, discuss efforts to help make the campus carbon-neutral in the next decade (10:27).
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  • From Campus Guest to Student

    Goldsborough Scholar Michelle Gutierrez excited to launch her medical school career at Monmouth.
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  • 2025 Admiral?s and Goldsborough Scholars

    Episode 23: March 12, 2021

    Meet Class of 2025 Admiral’s and Goldsborough scholars: Emily Canterbury of Orion, Illinois (1:43) and Ilese Rodeffer of Bushnell, Illinois (6:59); and Godlsborough Scholars Michelle Gutierrez of Chicago (14:11) and Emma Romano of Wilmington, Illinois (19:10).
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  • Educational Garden & Farm

    Experiencing lifeFrom seed to table.

  • Global Public Health

    Minor inSolving world problems.