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Biological Sciences

Overview - Integrative Biology

Program Name

Biological Sciences


Integrative Biology


College of Arts and Sciences


Biological Sciences

Degrees Available at SIUE

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Integrative Biology Specialization

Integrative Biology Specialization at SIUE

Biology includes the whole domain of living things: patterns of cellular structure; the underlying biochemical pathways; anatomy and function of whole organisms; the mathematical predictability and molecular basis of inheritance; the flow of energy and matter through living systems; the regulation and interaction of basic life processes; the universality of adaptation; and the interdependence of the biosphere. Like all sciences, biology is both cumulative and open-ended in its discoveries. It teaches the wonders of life, the excitement of discovery and the challenge of the unknown.

Students who are curious about living things, how they function and how they relate to the environment may want to study biology.

The curriculum in this program is designed to provide a firm basis in biological sciences for students with a variety of goals. It is an attractive major for students planning to enter graduate school or for students pursuing careers in biological research or in applied work in areas such as agriculture, conservation, and wildlife management. Students in this program may elect to concentrate in such specific disciplines as botany, microbiology, physiology, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and zoology by completing their electives through courses in these areas. Some disciplines require chemistry courses beyond the minimum requirements.

Career Opportunities

Many careers are available for people with basic or advanced training in biology. There are opportunities in botany, dentistry, ecology, education, environmental biology, fisheries biology, genetic engineering, horticulture, immunology, medicine, medical technology, microbiology, molecular biology, parasitology, physiology, wildlife management, forestry and zoology. Technical and supervisory positions are available in federal, state, industrial and university laboratories. Environment and health-related occupations almost always require sound basic training in biology. Most students entering schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, veterinary science, chiropractic and podiatry are biology majors. Basic training in biology is essential for careers in allied health sciences, including nutrition, pharmacy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Other Biology Programs at SIUE

  • Ecology, Evolution, and Environment
  • Genetics and Cellular Biology
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical Technology
  • Secondary Education Certification
  • Combined Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine Program

Contact Information

Department of Biological Sciences
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Campus Box 1651
Edwardsville, IL 62026

Phone: (618) 650-3927
Fax: (618) 650-3174

Integrated Biology


Department of Biological Sciences
Undergraduate Inquiries
Office Phone: (618) 650-3927
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