Two Blackburn students working on an experiment at the Mahan Science Building. Both students are wearing lab coats while they work on their experiment.

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Students who want to expand their knowledge of biology will find a rigorous academic program that prepares them for many future endeavors in academia and the work place.

Biology majors will receive ample opportunity to put their learning to practical use, through field work, research, and Work Program positions within the department. Biology majors will learn in state-of-the-art facilities while taught by a dedicated and award-winning faculty, and earn an educational foundation to lead to successful careers in the field of biology. Small class sizes and tight-knit student and faculty relationships mean that all biology majors at Blackburn College and provided the tools to thrive during their time at Blackburn and after.

Biology is the largest major on campus.

The faculty works side by side with student in the classroom, labs, and outdoor learning environments. Students have opportunities to directly apply the knowledge they are learning through lab experiments and field applications.

The Marvin and Ingrid Mahan Science Laboratory Wing is a state-of-the-art, 28,000 square foot facility with seven teaching laboratories for biology, chemistry, and biochemistry and a water analysis lab. Off the spacious lobby are science faculty offices with a large outer office area for those students who serve as faculty assistants in the Work Program. The Mahan Wing is one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rated buildings in central Illinois.

Alumni Hall and the Olin Science Building offer laboratories, a lecture room, an animal room, and three greenhouses. Olin hall also includes a large vivarium, two modern lecture halls, a herbarium, assigned
research rooms, and math and science teaching laboratories.

Programs Include:

  • Biology (Major, Minor)
  • Environmental Track (Major)
  • Medical Laboratory Science (Major)
  • Molecular Biology (Major)
  • Pre-Med & Other Health Professions (Major)

Work Program Connections

We prepare you to launch your career

Blackburn connects your classroom knowledge with career-specific skills, insight, experiences, and connections — everything you need for a successful career launch. In the Work Program, Biology majors:

  • Grow and gain experience in the workforce
  • Work in positions that support their area of academic interest
  • Be a contributing member of the community
Work Program