We live in an age of constant scientific discovery–a world shaped by revolutionary new technologies, many of which require an understanding of biology.
Bachelors in Biological & Life Sciences in Rockford in USA. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science in Biology
We live in an age of constant scientific discovery–a world shaped by revolutionary new technologies, many of which require an understanding of biology. Biologically-related topics regularly make the news including the human genome project, global climate change, pollution, environmental concerns, species diversity, genetics and rapid advances in medicine and biotechnology. These are only some of the interests of biologists in today’s world. As human understanding of the self and the surrounding world has expanded, we have begun to understand the importance of all the organisms that share the world in which we live.
Work in the many areas that require knowledge of biology requires highly educated and curious individuals with backgrounds in the liberal arts, business, chemistry, physics, mathematics and the life sciences. (A few such career paths are agronomy, aquatic biology, ecology, wildlife management, neurobiology, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, molecular biology, etc.)
Rockford University biology majors have the opportunity to develop an area of interest from a variety of disciplines, and one day may make significant contributions to their fields and change their world.
The Biology Department offers both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in biology.
Biology Program of Study and Course Description
Programs of Study
Rockford University biology majors have the opportunity to develop an area of interest from a variety of disciplines and one day may make significant contributions to their fields. The biology department offers both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in biology.
Course Requirements and Offerings
Rockford University's biology department offers students the opportunity to either major or minor in biology. Degree requirements for these programs can be found in the academic catalog.
Biology Career, Research, Internship Opportunities
Biology graduates have numerous career opportunities. Government positions can include wildlife management and environmental research. Private industry uses trained biologists in areas such as sales, management, research and writing. Many additional possibilities exist in the areas of medicine and allied health. Quite a few of our graduates have chosen to continue their education in biology at the graduate and professional school level.
The biology curriculum at Rockford University is designed to develop a strong educational foundation along with the practical skills to perform research in the biological sciences. These skills are further solidified during senior seminar, where our students are challenged to design and implement a research project of choice with the guidance of a faculty advisor.
To supplement research experiences on campus, many biology majors have completed research projects through the National Science Foundation's 'Research Experiences for Undergraduates' program.
Rockford University works with a variety of companies and organizations in the Rockford area to provide internship opportunities for biology majors. Our students have done internships with Pierce Biotechnology, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, National Land Institute and Nature Conservancy. Students have taken advantage of internship opportunities for credit and to enrich their learning experience.
Where are they now?
Meghan Porter (’08) was accepted to the physical therapy program at Creighton University in Omaha.
Beau Westin (’08) is enrolled in medical school at St. Matthew’s University in the Cayman Islands.
David Kaplan (F’06) will be spending a year doing biomedical research in Bethesda, Maryland through the National Institute of Health’s Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program.
Lucas Bradley (F ’06) is the education coordinator for the Natural Land Institute.
Jeannie Harrison (S ’05) will be in her 3rd year of veterinary school at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also in the University of Illinois program for a master's in public health.
Hanee Razick (F ’05) is a pharmaceutical sales representative with Forest Laboratories.
Eliona Andoni (S ’02) graduated with a D.O. from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University.
Christine Baumgardt (S ’05) works for Steris in St. Louis doing Research & Development.
Lori Culver (’02) is a sales trainer of pharmaceutical sales representatives for the Ross Products Division of Abbott.
Heath Morrall (S ’02) is working for Euclid Chemical a division of RPM International. He is doing sales for the company which is a manufacturer of construction chemicals.
Biology Scholarships and Awards
Larry Forman Memorial Biology Scholarship
The Forman Scholarship is given in memory of Larry Forman, professor of biology at Rockford University from 1969 until 2003. Scholarship recipients must be full-time students, majoring in biology, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and in good standing with the University.
Lane Beishir Memorial Award
The Lane Beishir Memorial Award is awarded to a junior or senior biology major who demonstrates a potential for a career in the life sciences and who has shown initiative in participating in the life of the biology department.
Biology Facilities and Resources
Our laboratory facilities are well-equipped offering undergraduate students the opportunity to work with a wide array of instrumentation. Microscopes, UV-Visible, Fourier-Transform infrared, and nuclear magnetic resonance, atomic absorption, diode array spectrometers, HPLC and GC chromatographic instrumentation, an electrochemical analyzer, and a pulsed-nitrogen laser for studies of chemical dynamics, to name just a few.
In partnership with Marsili Consulting Group, Gerstel Inc. and Leco Group, Rockford University has established a top-notch instrumentation laboratory that provides a strong link to cutting-edge technology within the field of biology.
Alpha Helix at Rockford University exists to bring students interested in all areas of science together to talk, learn more about their future careers and schools, and to help give back to the community. We seek to unify our students and work together to make Rockford University a better place. We welcome students from all sciences, of all ages, and working on any degree.
Integrate science goals and studies into future careers
Help students learn more about how they can get the careers they want and into the graduate/professional schools they want
Aid students in volunteer work to give back
BANG! The kick-off of April Weekend where Alpha Helix members put on an explosion show and collect canned goods for the local food pantry.
Seedlings Project. We grow seedlings to eventually donate to the food pantry for fresh foods for families and individuals in need.
Visit UIC Pharmacy at Chicago in Rockford. Students go to UIC to learn about how to get into Pharmacy School and what it is like when you get there.
Alpha Helix promotes the sciences within the Rockford University community and provides programs, services, and events of interest pertaining to the sciences. This group is dedicated to advancing the educational opportunities and experiences for students interested in pursuing health and science professions. Whether you're familiar with science or just want to learn a bit more about us, Alpha Helix is the place to be! The club meets on the third floor of Starr. We welcome everyone!
Meetings: Bi-monthly, Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Advisor: Sean Beckmann