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Biology

The Biology Department’s mission is to develop students’ scientific reasoning and abilities through immersion in hands on experiences throughout the curriculum in and out of the classroom.

Biology majors don’t just learn facts about living things, they learn how to be scientists. This means they can often be found in the lab, actively engaged in research with faculty.

Careers
  • Physician scientist in child neurology
  • Soil conservationist
  • Public health worker in cancer research
  • Toxicologist for Environmental Protection Agency
  • Nurse practitioner in women’s health
  • Forensic entomologist
  • Physical therapist in sports medicine
  • Ethnobotanist
  • Veterinarian
  • Biotechnologist at a pharmaceutical company
Internships
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
  • Illinois Bone & Joint Institute
  • Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding
  • Lake Forest Acute Care
  • Horizon Pharma
  • The Field Museum
  • Shedd Aquarium
Research
  • Mate choice and evolution in guppies
  • Molecular genetics of telomere mutants in Aspergillus
  • Evolution and development of body and organ size in Drosophila
  • Biogeography and niche determinants in ant communities
  • Cell volume regulation in red blood cells
  • Misfolding of alpha-synuclein protein in yeasts and implications for Parkinson’s disease
  • Sexual selection and acoustic communication in insects
student working in lab at field museum

Biology at Lake Forest College

Students have exciting opportunities for internships and research at world-class Chicago institutions like the Field Museum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Shedd Aquarium, and Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences. Biology students are well-trained by hypothesis-driven coursework. While a major or minor in biology is great preparation for postgraduate training in academic research or the health professions, our students also become competitive graduates and professionals in industry and fields like environmental policy, education and museum administration.

students in biology lab

Laboratory Skills

Our students work with cutting-edge instrumentation and techniques not often available to undergraduates. These include techniques such as: PCR (polymerase chain reaction), western blot, molecular imaging, electrophysiology, field data collection, experimental design and data analysis, cell culture, DNA sequence analysis, and fluorescence microscopy. 

Opportunities for Published Work

Students working in research labs have published their research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Each year, students also publish their work in Lake Forest’s life sciences journal, Eukaryon. The student editorial board for Eukaryon is a great way to become involved in journal publishing by conducting peer reviews, editing submissions, and designing the layout for this award-winning student research journal.

All of the departments at Lake Forest College offer so much help, from building resumes to letters of recommendation.

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Contact us

Karen Kirk
Professor of Biology
Chair of Biology
Lillard Science Center 277a
847-735-6044
kirk@lakeforest.edu

Beth Herbert
Lab Supervisor
Lillard Science Center 260
847-735-6045
herbert@lakeforest.edu

Patti Headley
Department Assistant
Lillard Science Center 101
847-735-5090
headley@lakeforest.edu