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Dr. Erich Stabenau
Department Chair

The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Biology offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Biology. The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates to comprehend and utilize the current interdisciplinary nature of scientific investigation, and emphasizes active, investigative learning techniques. Programs are designed for students interested in:

  • medicine
  • dentistry 
  •  veterinary medicine
  • biology
  • secondary education
  • biotechnology
  • biochemistry
  • environmental science
  • medical technology

The undergraduate program offers experimentation in:

  • anatomy
  • animal physiology
  • behavioral ecology
  • biochemistry
  • cell biology
  • developmental biology
  • ecology
  • field biology
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • molecular biology
  • molecular genetics
  • neurobiology

Opportunities at Bradley
The biology department has an active NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site granted to provide a summer research program for a community of 10 undergraduates and their faculty mentors. Currently only 19 percent of such awards are made to undergraduate institutions nationwide. The program at Bradley is one of only two REU biology sites in the state of Illinois.

The department has developed and implemented the Biology Mentors Program for well-prepared freshmen and sophomores. This year-long course includes classroom and demonstration instruction of scientific methods and scientific ethics. An important aspect of the course is that each student is assigned to a faculty mentor to undertake independent research. This program is currently in its ninth year and has become a model for the integration of education and research throughout the University.

Biology majors are encouraged to go global. Within the Biology Department, the most extensive study abroad options are offered in Denmark. The University of Denmark in Copenhagen is an ideal destination for biology students, and offers programs in the following disciplines:

  • Marine biology and ecology
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Environmental biology
  • Medical practice and policy

Beyond Bradley
Bradley Biology graduates enjoy a 92 percent placement rate. Biology majors’ acceptance into graduate and professional schools is outstanding. Graduates are accepted into many prestigious graduate programs, including programs offered at:

  • Harvard University
  • Washington University
  • Northwestern University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • University of Chicago