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The biology program at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago provides a rigorous and relevant education in the fundamental areas of biology including genetics, microbiology, cell biology and biochemistry, and structural biophysics. It gives you a firm foundation in the field, both in biological theory and experimentation, so that you may pursue many career paths after leaving Illinois Tech.

Our students also benefit from small class sizes, classes taught by faculty (not teaching assistants) who are accessible to students, and individual advising by members of the faculty.

The curriculum is interdisciplinary and flexible, allowing degree options in biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, molecular biochemistry and biophysics, and combined biology/psychology. Illinois Tech biology also offers a dual B.S./M.S., dual B.S./M.D. or D.O., and dual B.S./optometry degrees.


Research areas include:

  • Small-angle X-ray scattering for study of muscle contraction and regulation, and structure of proteins and their complexes in solution
  • Cell and cancer biology
  • X-ray crystallography – development of software tools to help researchers determine and analyze the three-dimensional structures of large biomolecules
  • Computational genomics
  • Population genetics and evolution
  • Pathogenic bacteria
  • Biomechanical trauma
  • Genetic therapy

Professional Paths

Alumni of the department work in hundreds of different organizations in a variety of roles. This includes paths in both industry—for companies like Merck, Unilever, AbbVie, Abbott, Baxter, Kraft, and GlaxoSmithKline—as well as in research and academia, with graduates going on to the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Case Western Reserve University, Tufts University School of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Arizona, and more.

Illinois Institute of Technology tends to offer graduates a good return on their investment. Illinois Tech is ranked #1 in Illinois and #41 nationally by Payscale for return on investment, a “Best Value College,” by Forbes, and a “Best Value College” by US News & World Report.