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Illinois State University

School of Biological Sciences

Normal, IL

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Illinois State University


Illinois State University / School of Biological Sciences is located in Normal, IL, in a suburban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS) Zoology
Master of Science (MS) Botany
Master of Science (MS) Microbiology
Master of Science (MS) Neurobiology
Master of Science (MS) Molecular genetics
Master of Science (MS) Parasitology
Master of Science (MS) Structural biology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Microbiology
Master of Science (MS) Biological sciences
Master of Science (MS) Genetics
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Genetics
Master of Science (MS) Animal behavior
Master of Science (MS) Biochemistry
Master of Science (MS) Conservation biology
Master of Science (MS) Immunology
Master of Science (MS) Physiology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Botany
Master of Science (MS) Biophysics
Master of Science (MS) Ecology
Master of Science (MS) Evolutionary biology
Master of Science (MS) Biotechnology
Master of Science (MS) Molecular biology
Master of Science (MS) Plant biology
Master of Science (MS) Plant molecular biology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Ecology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Physiology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Zoology
Master of Science (MS) Bacteriology
Master of Science (MS) Cell biology
Master of Science (MS) Developmental biology
Master of Science (MS) Entomology
Master of Science (MS) Plant sciences
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Biology
Master of Science (MS) Neuroscience

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 15
Doctoral Degrees 6
Other Advanced Degrees 2

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required
2 terms of residency


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 2.6 in last 60 hours of course work
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Application deadlines for financial awards April 1
Types of financial support available Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 6.35%
Black or African American 3.17%
White or Caucasian 71%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1.59%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 6.35%
Unknown 1.59%


Male (34%)
Female (65%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 27
Part-time - 7
Male (22)
Female (12)


Focus of faculty research: Redoc balance and drug development in schistosoma mansoni, control of the growth of listeria monocytogenes at low temperature, regulation of cell expansion and microtubule function by SPRI, CRUI: physiology and fitness consequences of different life history phenotypes
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address Normal, IL  61790
United States
Contact Dr. Craig Gatto
School Director
Phone: 309-438-3087