School of Biological & Environmental Studies

Areas of Study

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  • Students in the School of Biological & Environmental Studies take advantage of hands-on, real-world Performance Learning opportunities that allow them to become practicing scientists, published researchers, informed policymakers and transformative educators. 

    Master the fundamental scientific knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics necessary to understand and analyze environmental challenges. Gain a sophisticated understanding of the social, political, economic and ethical forces that shape the way we treat our world. Complete our rigorous pre-professional curriculum as you prepare for a career in healthcare. Receive the training and certification that will allow you to share your love of science with the next generation of students. Conduct graduate-level research with faculty-mentors. Start the work of your future career at Millikin.

Undergraduate Programs

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    Biology Education

    This program is designated for students interested in obtaining Illinois certification to teach science, with a designation in biology for grades 9-12.
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    Biology: Life Science Studies

    This program offers a well-rounded education for students interested in studying biological sciences on every level from cellular studies to whole organisms.
  • Biology: Pre-Professional Studies

    If you're preparing for a career in healthcare, the Biology: Pre-Professional Studies tracks will provide you with a rigorous curriculum that prepares you for health-related fields, complete with innovative research opportunities.
  • Environmental Studies Major

    Environmental Studies Major

    This humanities-focused major prepares students for a career in analyzing the environment and advocating for a green society. Learn the history, policies, ethics and laws that protect the global environment.

Dual-Degree Programs

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    Biomedical Engineering 3+2

    This program focuses on the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes.


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    Biology Minor

    Students may obtain a minor in biology by completing a minimum of 23 credits in Biology. These credits must include the core sequence: BI105/155 Ecology and Evolution, BI205 Cell Biology and BI200 Genetics, as well as three biology content category courses numbered 300 or above.
  • Environmental Studies Minor

    Environmental Studies Minor

    Millikin is a great place to study the environment. The Environmental Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to improve your knowledge of the relationship between humans and the natural world.