2009
New Biology major prepares students for careers in teaching or research

New Biology major prepares students for careers in teaching or research
April 21, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Students who are considering a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law school or teaching can establish a firm foundation for their futures by earning a degree in biology at Benedictine University. Benedictine University, one of the top Master’s universities in the Midwest, is combining its outstanding reputation in the sciences, state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning faculty with a new major in Biology. The College of Science is now offering a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology in addition to its existing Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in Biology and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. Biology is a broad-based science that features areas of specialization for almost anyone interested in science. Students study the structure and function of molecules, the interaction of plants and animals with their environment, animal behavior and toxicology. It is an excellent major for students with inquisitive minds who are interested in science and do not fear hard work. Students are carefully guided throughout this challenging program by a supportive administration, caring mentors and highly-qualified and award-winning faculty. “Students who pursue Biology at Benedictine University receive support, encouragement and nurturing from a faculty recognized not only by their peers but also by the student body for their excellence in teaching, mentoring and research,” said Allison Wilson, Ph.D., chair of the Biology department at Benedictine University. Biology majors study the function and interactions of diverse living organisms; investigate genetic, cellular and molecular mechanisms in the laboratory; learn about global warming; participate in an on-the-job practicum with a heath care professional; work in one of the finest natural history museums in the Midwest; and work side-by-side with faculty in research. The B.A. in Biology is specifically intended for students who want to broaden their study of biology into an interdisciplinary program which bridges the biological and physical sciences with the social sciences, arts and humanities. The B.A. program leads to careers in nursing, law, environmental policy, pharmaceutical sales or other biology-related fields. Students who pursue a B.A. in Biology are required to take one year of general chemistry and one semester of organic and biochemistry; one semester of physics; one year of a foreign language; three courses from the humanities; and display a proficiency in trigonometry. “The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology prepares students interested in science for careers in almost any environmental or laboratory field,” Wilson said. The B.S. in Biology is specially designed for students who desire to teach biology at the secondary level (grades 6-12). The B.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology prepares students for graduate programs in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics, microbiology and biotechnology. “Two of the most dynamic career fields available to future college graduates are education and biotechnology, and the Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at Benedictine can help open doors for students interested in those areas,” Wilson said. Students seeking a degree in Biology at Benedictine University enjoy some of the finest facilities anywhere. The 70,000 square-foot Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science, completed in 2001 at a cost of more than $10 million, houses interdisciplinary laboratories and classrooms, large instrumentation, and more than 50 research and general science labs. For more information about Benedictine University’s Biology programs, call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or e-mail admissions@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.