Aurora University

Biology (BS, Minor)

Why study Biology?

Biology is the study of living things. Scientists with an expertise in biology explore the way life works and contribute to the advancement of human knowledge. If you want to gain appreciation of the natural world, enhance your problem-solving abilities, or go into the health professions, a major in Biology could be for you. Biology majors work in a wide variety of fields, including medicine, psychology, public health, education, ecology, zoology, and food and drug industries.

Why study Biology at AU?

The Aurora University Biology program blends laboratory and classroom work to provide you with a strong foundation in the sciences. As a biology major, you will be challenged with comprehensive lessons that incorporate chemistry, mathematics, and physics. You will focus on the scientific method and make new discoveries about the world.

Within the Biology major, you can choose your focus. You can study molecular and cellular biology, which leads to careers in the health sciences or research. Or you can study ecological and organismal biology, which leads to careers in the environment and natural resources. Your academic journey will take place under the guidance of AU professors who will support your curiosity and help you discover your career path.

If you are planning on pursuing advanced studies to become a doctor, dentist, pharmacist, or podiatrist, you can add AU’s Pre-Med Professional program. If you are interested in becoming a physical therapist, you can follow AU’s Pre-Physical Therapy program.

You can also expand your career opportunities with a double major. Students interested in pharmacy can add Chemistry as a second major. Students looking to become high school biology teachers, add Secondary Education. If you want to be a vet, you can add Human-Animal Studies. Other double major options include Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Health Science. Even with a second major, you will be able to graduate in four years.

A minor in biology is an option for students wanting to explore academics beyond their major.

AU's small class sizes make it easier to ask questions during class and to get to know many of my science professors. Carlos Lechuga '21

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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
In Our Own Words

In Our Own Words: Assistant Biology Professor Bill Martin on conducting original research and discovering what matters

AU hosts representatives from graduate schools on campus who interview and talk to the pre-med and pre-professional students about their future. By the time students complete their junior year, they already know which graduate school is the right fit for them.

Curriculum Highlights
  • Animal behavior
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Mathematics
  • Physiology
  • Zoology
Campus Opportunities
  • AU Science Organization
  • Aurora University HOSA - Future Health Professionals
  • Mu Sigma Pi: Mind. Body. Spirit.
My experience studying health science and biology at AU was guided by my professors. They led me in the right direction. Marisa Martinez '19
Career opportunities
  • Biologist
  • Bio-technologist
  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Food scientist
  • Market research analyst
  • Pharmaceutical sales associate
  • Public health worker
  • Science lab technician
  • Science writer/illustrator
  • Soil conservationist
  • Water quality technician
  • Wildlife resources manager
Career opportunities with additional education
  • Dentist
  • Dietician and nutritionist
  • Educator
  • Geneticist
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Medical technologist
  • Neurobiologist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

Advanced laboratory learning is at the core of the Biology program. Learn in state-of-the-art laboratories on campus and at outdoor field sites. These experiences will prepare you for enriching internships and rewarding careers.

Where AU graduates intern and work

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative
  • The Conservation Foundation
  • Edward Hospital
  • Fermilab Natural Areas
  • Kane County Health Department
  • Philips Park Zoo
  • Morris Hospital
  • Morton Arboretum
  • National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at North Dakota State, Shedd Aquarium, Iowa State

Where AU graduates pursue advanced degrees

  • Aurora University
  • Brown University
  • Colorado State University
  • Des Moines University
  • Indiana University
  • Miami Dade College
  • Midwestern University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Rush University
  • Uniformed Services University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wayne State University
  • Western University