As a biology student at Elmhurst, you’ll benefit from a high degree of individual attention from world-class scholars, combined with exciting opportunities not usually found at an intimate liberal arts institution.
Students at Elmhurst gain valuable experience in the field with hands-on research opportunities that are seldom available to undergraduates at larger institutions. Interested students choose a research project and work under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Some examples:
Elmhurst students also are involved in summer laboratory research programs at nearby institutions such as Loyola University Medical School. Read more about our faculty and student research here.
You might shadow a research biologist, work part time at a veterinary clinic, or meet periodically with a surgeon over the course of a semester. These and other opportunities help you get the feel of what the future might hold. Read more about internships here.
The Department of Biology hosts Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society. This organization brings together students with similar career interests for programs that further their knowledge and help them develop leadership skills for their chosen fields.
International Biology Program
For many students, traveling abroad offers the most compelling experience of their college education. As a student at Elmhurst, you can spend an entire summer month in central Europe studying wetland and mountain ecology. The program, taught in English by Elmhurst faculty and European biologists, is based in Munich and includes a variety of side trips to destinations such as academic institutions in Paris, Rome, Berlin, and Salzburg. Participants work in Alpine meadows and valleys to learn about the specific ecology of this unique part of the world.
If one month abroad is not enough for you, you can take advantage of other international opportunities, including individualized semester-long programs in Spain, Costa Rica, and France.
Morton Arboretum Botany Program
Biology students at Elmhurst benefit from the College’s close proximity to the renowned Morton Arboretum. This 1,700-acre botanical treasure boasts more than 3,300 types of plants from around the world and is staffed by research scientists and scholars.
Elmhurst students study with nationally recognized researchers at the Arboretum, earning credit for courses such as Field Botany, Woody Plants of the Western Great Lakes Region, Vascular Plant Taxonomy, Plant Pathology, and Medical Botany. In addition, students have access to the Arboretum’s Sterling Morton Library, a unique scholarly resource with 28,000 volumes of botanic and horticultural literature.