Lake Forest College

Introduction

Minutes from the shore of Lake Michigan and 30 miles north of Chicago, the Lake Forest College attracts students from around the world who are seeking a rare combination: a beautiful and historic residential campus located near a world-class city.

We have high academic expectations of our students and value strong community engagement. At this intentionally small college, students have many opportunities to participate in and shape the campus experience.

International Students

We value the backgrounds and distinct perspectives that all of our students bring to the Lake Forest community. Our international students are a vital part of what makes Lake Forest unique and special. International students represent more than 80 countries and 14 percent of our student body.

About Lake Forest College

Our flexible curriculum supports double-majors and minors, and students are also offered unparalleled internships in Chicago, great lab research experience, championship athletics, and study-abroad opportunities. Our outcomes are hard to match: 94 percent of our graduates had jobs, were in graduate school, or pursued other chosen opportunities within six months of graduation, well above the national average.

Lake Forest College offers

  • superb faculty with PhD’s from the Ivy League, Northwestern, and the University of Chicago
  • great career-building internships in and around Chicago
  • “Foresters Helping Foresters:” a program in which 13,000 alumni help new graduates begin careers
  • the nation’s best location: a beautiful campus just an hour from Chicago gives students the best of both worlds
  • flexible curriculum that allows students to pursue a double-major and minor

Lake Forest students are…

Academic

  • 86% of students conduct off-campus research or internships in Chicago or across the globe
  • 40% go on at least one off-campus study program at places like Spain, France, Greece, New Zealand, and more.
  • Each year, students are inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society
  • Our students are recipients of prestigious national honors such as the Kemper Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, Davis Projects for Peace Scholarship, and others
  • 95% of the 2014 graduates have found post-graduation placement in jobs, graduate school, and more
  • 95% of our education grads are placed into education jobs

Active

  • More than 50% participate in varsity, intramural, or club athletics
  • Most are involved in one or more of 50-plus campus clubs and organizations
  • Nearly all are involved in community service projects
  • Students raise more money for Relay for Life than most other similarly sized colleges in the United States
  • About 80% of students stay on campus during the weekends

Diverse

  • From nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and 73 countries
  • 39% are either ethnic minority or international students
  • More than 40 languages are spoken on campus
  • Greater student diversity than most other liberal arts colleges in the country

Accomplished

  • Ironman triathlete
  • Advocate for people with Crohn’s disease and was named one ofGlamour’s Top Ten College Women for 2011
  • Manager of the U.S. Paralympic Hockey Team during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games
  • Executive Director of the Guggenheim Foundation in New York
  • Published author of a trilingual Spanish-English-Quechua children’s book about indigenous children in Bolivia
  • Activist on issues of food safety in China
  • Acclaimed writer of sci-fi book series titled Kushiel’s Legacy, which was named one of the top 100 Sci-Fi series of all time by National Public Radio listeners.
  • In the top 7% of colleges and universities in the number of alumni with the highest salaries (Forbes Magazine)
  • A Best Liberal Arts College (U.S. News)
  • One of “200 Colleges that Pay You Back” (Princeton Review)
  • Ranked #24 out of 665 “Most Affordable Colleges” (Money Magazine)
  • A Best Midwestern College (Princeton Review)
  • In the top 10% of liberal arts colleges with a serious commitment to community service (Washington Monthly Magazine)
  • Among the top 10% of 650 participating colleges and universities in effective teaching practices, student-faculty interaction, discussions with diverse others, and supportive campus environment (National Survey of Student Engagement - NSSE)
  • One of only 270 colleges and universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the preeminent national honor society
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Bachelor of Biology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lake Forest

Given its research focus, the biology department at Lake Forest College takes seriously its responsibility to train students to effectively communicate the significance of their findings... [+]

Bachelor of Biology Given its research focus, the biology department at Lake Forest College takes seriously its responsibility to train students to effectively communicate the significance of their findings. Courses BIOL 102: People and the World of Plants BIOL 103: Human Biology BIOL 104: Human Genetics BIOL 105: Public Health BIOL 106: Nutrition and the Human Body BIOL 108: Learning About the Living World BIOL 114: Truth and Lies in Medical News BIOL 115: Science and Popular Culture BIOL 116: Exploring the Brain BIOL 120: Organismal Biology BIOL 130: Bio Inq: Deadly Shape Hostage Brain BIOL 131: Bio Inq: Invasion Ecology BIOL 132: Bio Inq: Plant-Animal Interactions BIOL 133: Bio Inq: Tropical Forest Biology BIOL 134: Bio Inq: Emerging World Diseases BIOL 135: Bio Inq: Human Ecology BIOL 136: Bio Inq: Sensing the Environment BIOL 137: Bio Inq: Diet & Disease BIOL 138: Bio Inq: Human Evolution BIOL 139: Bio Inq: Biology Aging BIOL 141: Biol Inq: Health Science Reporting BIOL 142: Bio Inq: The Biology of Dogs BIOL 143: Biol Inq: The Biology of Sex BIOL 150: Reasoning & Statistical Inference BIOL 208: Human Anatomy BIOL 220: Ecology and Evolution BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes, and Cells BIOL 320: Microbiology BIOL 322: Molecular Biology BIOL 324: Advanced Cell Biology BIOL 325: Topics in Advanced Cell Biology BIOL 330: Applied Data Analy for Biologists BIOL 340: Animal Physiology BIOL 342: Developmental Biology BIOL 344: Animal Behavior BIOL 346: Molecular Neuroscience BIOL 352: Molecular Genetics BIOL 360: Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration BIOL 362: Mechanisms of Brain Dysfunction BIOL 370: Ecology BIOL 372: Pharmacology: Drug, Brain, Behavior BIOL 373: Community Ecology BIOL 374: Biogeography BIOL 375: Conservation Biology BIOL 384: Plant Biology BIOL 389: Evolution BIOL 479: Sr Sem: Receptors and Signal Transd BIOL 480: Neural Frontiers BIOL 481: Sr Sem: Oncology BIOL 482: Sr Sem: Sex and Evolution BIOL 483: Sr Sem: Plant and Animal Interact BIOL 484: Sr Sem: Biology of Extinctions BIOL 485: Sr Sem: The Nobel Prizes BIOL 486: Sr Sem: Biol Natural Hallucinogens BIOL 487: Sr Sem: Biol Impli Climate Change BIOL 488: Sr Sem: Cellular Basis of Disease BIOL 489: Sr Sem: Biology of War BIOL 490: Internship BIOL 493: Research Project BIOL 494: Senior Thesis Requirements Entering first-year students interested in introductory biology (BIOL 120: Organismal Biology) must take a science placement test to assess quantitative skills upon arrival on campus in August. This test consists of 20 basic algebra problems and is an established measure of readiness and likelihood of success in introductory Biology and Chemistry courses. A score of 13/20 or better on the test is required for placement into BIOL 120 and CHEM 115: Chemistry I (see sequences below). Students with scores of 12/20 or lower will be placed into CHEM 114: Foundations of Chemistry in the Spring Semester of the first year (see sequences below). The Biology Major can be completed successfully in four years through either of the sequences described below. Students wishing to enter BIOL 120 and CHEM 115 in the fall of their second year and who have not completed CHEM 114 must take the science placement test in the spring of their first year. Students who do not score 13/20 or better at this time may retake the placement test at the start of the Fall Semester. However it is not possible to complete a Biology Major in three years starting with CHEM 114 in the second year. Biology internships Instead of teaching what scientists know, we’re educating students to become scientists. Because our students know how to analyze data, think critically, and solve problems they get some of the top internships in the most prestigious institutions and labs across the country. Biology internships provide Lake Forest students with a wide range of options for gaining valuable professional and health professional experience outside the classroom. Some even lead to their names on scientific publications or presentations at scientific meetings. Lake Forest students can pursue up to three for-credit internships. Our location in the Chicago metropolitan region offers a wide variety of internship possibilities. [-]

Bachelor of Finance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lake Forest

The finance major at Lake Forest prepares students for careers across the broad and diverse financial services industry including investment management, trading, corporate finance, commercial and investment banking, insurance and risk management... [+]

Bachelor of Finance The finance major at Lake Forest prepares students for careers across the broad and diverse financial services industry including investment management, trading, corporate finance, commercial and investment banking, insurance and risk management. Finance is a diverse field requiring highly specialized skills to succeed in a dynamic and growing industry. The goal of our finance program is to produce career-ready graduates who are able to compete successfully in today’s job market. Our curriculum is consistent with both the CFA© (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CFP© (Certified Financial Planner) programs. The finance major focuses on asset valuation and pricing, risk measures and metrics, time value of money, discounted cash flow analysis, investment analysis, portfolio management, accounting, statistical analysis, mathematics and ethics. A minor in finance is also offered to compliment any major on campus providing a distinguishing attribute to potential employers. Business Courses BUSN 130: Applied Statistics BUSN 230: Financial Accounting BUSN 280: The Mexican-American Border BUSN 315: Operations Management BUSN 322: Emerging Markets Analysis BUSN 330: Intermediate Accounting BUSN 331: Managerial Accounting BUSN 341: Global Cultures & Intnl Bus-Chgo BUSN 345: Principles of Marketing Strategy BUSN 346: Entrepreneurial Marketing BUSN 350: Capital Budgeting BUSN 360: Social Entrepreneurship BUSN 460: Brand Management and Positioning BUSN 470: Latin American Global Business BUSN 471: Asian Bus Culture & Trade Relations BUSN 489: Globalization and Its Impact BUSN 490: Internship Economics Courses ECON 110: Principles of Economics ECON 129: MS Excel for E/B/F Students ECON 130: Applied Statistics ECON 210: Microeconomic Theory ECON 220: Macroeconomic Theory ECON 245: Child Labor in Latin America ECON 265: Poverty, Inequality, Discrimination ECON 280: The Mexican-American Border ECON 310: Industrial Organization ECON 313: Money & Banking ECON 320: Labor Economics ECON 325: Economics of Land ECON 330: Econometrics ECON 340: Environ & Natural Resource Econ ECON 345: Economics and Law ECON 350: Public Finance ECON 360: Health Economics ECON 370: Managerial Economics ECON 375: Economics of Sport ECON 380: Game Theory ECON 381: Economics of Development ECON 385: Mathematical Economics ECON 430: International Trade Theory & Policy ECON 431: International Finance ECON 440: Advanced Macroeconomics ECON 483: Behavioral Economics and Finance ECON 489: Globalization and Its Impact ECON 490: Internship Finance Courses FIN 130: Applied Statistics FIN 140: Introduction to Insurance FIN 210: Financial Management FIN 310: Corporate Finance FIN 320: Investments FIN 337: Real Estate Finance FIN 340: Risk Management and Insurance FIN 365: Fundamental Equity Analysis FIN 370: Entrepreneurial Finance FIN 385: Options and Futures FIN 415: Corp Fin, Public Policy, & Society FIN 431: International Finance FIN 483: Behavioral Economics and Finance FIN 490: Internship Requirements The Majors and Minors in Economics, Business, and Finance were redesigned in 2013 (see left navigation bar for requirements before Fall 2013). The new requirements will apply to all students who matriculate in Fall Semester 2013 or thereafter. Current students may choose to follow either the new requirements or the old requirements. The rules pertaining to repeated courses will apply to students who received a grade of C- or lower prior to Fall 2013 in BUSN/ECON 180, FIN 237, and FIN 380, and who wish now to re-take these courses in their newly numbered guises (respectively): BUSN/ECON/FIN 130, FIN 210, and FIN 320. The Department of Economics and Business offers Majors and Minors in Economics, Business, and Finance. Students cannot double major within the Department of Economics & Business. Student also cannot have both a major and minor that are both from the Department of Economics & Business. [-]

Bachelor of Music

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lake Forest

Music students at Lake Forest explore the musicians they are and will become. Through opera or hip hop, violin or harmonica, students collaborate with professors whose own interests range from world music to electronica. Students interested in performing can participate in established choirs, orchestra, and percussion ensemble. Faculty encourage students to start their own music groups of any genre... [+]

Bachelor of Music Music students at Lake Forest explore the musicians they are and will become. Through opera or hip hop, violin or harmonica, students collaborate with professors whose own interests range from world music to electronica. Students interested in performing can participate in established choirs, orchestra, and percussion ensemble. Faculty encourage students to start their own music groups of any genre. With the Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and numerous jazz, blues, folk, and house music venues nearby, Chicago provides opportunities for music enjoyment, study, and internships. Music Courses MUSC 101: Perspectives on Music MUSC 104: Men's Chorus MUSC 105: Women's Chorus MUSC 106: College/Community Chorus MUSC 107: Concert Band MUSC 108: Chamber Orchestra MUSC 109: West African Drumming Ensemble MUSC 110: Jazz Ensemble MUSC 118: Introduction to Singing MUSC 119: Opera Workshop MUSC 150: Fundamentals of Music MUSC 160: Musicianship MUSC 170: Intro to Music Teaching & Learning MUSC 204: The Singing Statesmen MUSC 205: Advanced Women's Chorale MUSC 206: Concert Choir MUSC 217: World Music Survey MUSC 220: Songwriting MUSC 225: Intro to Electronic Music MUSC 227: History of Jazz MUSC 235: 20th Cent Theater: Musical Theater MUSC 251: Music Theory I MUSC 252: Music Theory II MUSC 262: Great Composers MUSC 264: History of Rock and Roll MUSC 265: American Music MUSC 266: Music in Film MUSC 267: Disney, Music and Culture MUSC 270: Beginning Conducting MUSC 271: Teaching Winds and Percussion MUSC 271: The Art of Teaching Wind and Percussion Instruments. MUSC 272: Teaching String Instruments MUSC 272: The Art of Teaching String Instruments. MUSC 273: Teaching Instrumental Ensembles MUSC 273: The Art of Teaching Instrumental Ensembles. MUSC 274: Teaching Choral Ensembles MUSC 274: The Art of Teaching Choral Ensembles. MUSC 280: Wagner,Tolkien, and Star Wars MUSC 287: Music of the Arab World MUSC 306: Chamber Singers MUSC 325: Adv Electronic Music MUSC 351: Music Theory III MUSC 352: Form and Tonal Analysis MUSC 360: Music History I MUSC 361: Music His II:Classical to Contemp MUSC 480: Senior Seminar MUSA 111: Applied Music MUSA 211: Applied Music MUSA 212: Applied Music MUSA 311: Applied Music MUSA 312: Applied Music MUSA 411: Applied Music MUSA 412: Applied Music [-]

Bachelor of Music Education

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lake Forest

The study of music education at Lake Forest combines music theory, history and culture of music, and music performance with rigorous study in the practical art of teaching strings, winds and percussion, elemental and secondary general music, and instrumental and choral ensembles. Music education students are exposed to a strong, flexible major they can complete in four years. Additionally, they will be... [+]

Bachelor of Music Education The study of music education at Lake Forest combines music theory, history and culture of music, and music performance with rigorous study in the practical art of teaching strings, winds and percussion, elemental and secondary general music, and instrumental and choral ensembles. Music education students are exposed to a strong, flexible major they can complete in four years. Additionally, they will be equipped to teach a range of music classes — from band to choir to orchestra to general music — to students of all ages, K-12. The College’s award-winning education program is one of the best in Illinois, with a high post-graduation employability rate: last year, 95% of Lake Forest education grads got jobs in educational settings. What distinguishes a music education degree at Lake Forest? Intensive one-on-one study with distinguished faculty Broad curriculum with specialization in instrument or voice Internships and practica in urban and suburban schools Courses MUSE 170: Intro to Music Teaching & Learning MUSE 271: Teaching Winds and Percussion MUSE 271: The Art of Teaching Wind and Percussion Instruments. MUSE 272: Teaching String Instruments MUSE 272: The Art of Teaching String Instruments. MUSE 273: Teaching Instrumental Ensembles MUSE 273: The Art of Teaching Instrumental Ensembles. MUSE 274: Teaching Choral Ensembles MUSE 274: The Art of Teaching Choral Ensembles. MUSE 275: Teaching Music in Elementary School [-]

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