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School of Biological & Environmental Studies

Solving the World's Most Complex Problems

Exciting. Relevant. Challenging. Contemporary.

Explore the intricacies of life sciences or study the past, present and future of environmental policy by majoring in Biology or Environmental Studies. 

Millikin's School of Biological and Environmental Studies offers a transformative academic experience for students passionate about the sciences of the natural world and environmental conservation. 

Millikin's emphasis on hands-on Performance Learning provides ample opportunities for laboratory experience, fieldwork and internships that prepare students for careers in healthcare, conservation, research and more. 


  • ProspectiveStudents

    Through hands-on opportunities, graduate-level research, internships and laboratory assistant experience, you will get the chance to explore the natural world, develop innovative ideas and use revolutionary technology to prepare for your future.

  • Made it Millikin: Jarius Ingram

    A great deal of Jarius’s time and studies are dedicated toward researching rhabdomyosarcoma, a disease which affected his brother Jalen, who passed away in 2008. “Jalen set my trajectory for a lot of things I do,” he explained while discussing the foundation of his biology research.

  • Programs of Study

    • 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.
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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.
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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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      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 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.
    • 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.
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      Pre-Professional Program

      The Pre-Professional Program at Millikin University dedicates its energy to preparing individuals for entry into and success in a post-graduate medical sciences program. Courses in science, social science, arts, and language balance those in biology and/or chemistry.