Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology

About the School of Biological Sciences

Mission Statement

The School of Biological Sciences advances the growing body of biological knowledge through synergistic programs in research, teaching, and service. Our faculty conducts basic and applied research to educate, mentor, and train successive generations of scientists and to command national and international recognition. Our active instruction in classrooms, laboratories, and field sites promotes a sophisticated understanding of biological principles and methodologies. Our professional service and outreach advance the biological sciences, disseminating knowledge widely, and applying it to relevant societal issues.

Current Faculty Searches

The School of Biological Science is searching for new colleagues in ECOLOGY and MICROBIOLOGY at the level of Assistant Professor. For more information about these positions link to ISU's jobs listing page.


Key Contacts in our School:

For general information:
Barbara Cox (office manager) 309-438-3664 or email Barbara Cox

Director of the School:
Dr. Craig Gatto 309-438-3087 or email Dr. Craig Gatto

Associate Director:
Dr. Rachel Bowden 309-438-3834 or email Dr. Rachel Bowden

Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Studies:
Dr. Wade Nichols 309-438-8141 or email Dr. Wade Nichols

Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies:
Dr. Steven Juliano 309-438-2642 or email Dr. Steven Juliano

Undergraduate Advisor - General Biology Studies and MCB:
Raz Steward 309-438-8252 or email Raz Steward

Undergraduate Advisor - Teacher Education:
Margaret Parker 309-438-8581 or email Margaret Parker


School of Biological Sciences
Julian Hall 210
Campus Box 4120
Normal, IL 61790-4120

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