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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

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.

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.


Department News

  • Margot Schwalbe

    Interested in biology at an early age, Margot Schwalbe joined the biology department at Lake Forest College to share her passion for the inner workings of animal physiology and behavior.

    A research paper on muscle activity in swimming bluegill sunfish, co-authored by Assistant Professor of Biology Margot Schwalbe, has been published in Scientific Reports.
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