Biology majors may earn academic credit for experiences in internship, employment, or participation in a cooperative program when these activities are related to their training as biologists. Up to four hours of credit in BSC 398, Professional Practice in Biology, may be counted toward the 37 hours of biology required for the major (credit/no credit). Up to 16 credits may count toward the 120 needed for graduation.

Students may find, by their own initiative or with the help of the Biology School Professional Practice Coordinator, a suitable arrangement with industries, zoological or botanical gardens, environmental agencies, or research laboratories. They will work out the exact terms of each arrangement with the Advisor. The arrangement includes a written report by the student at the end of each work experience.

Raz Steward is the Undergraduate Advisor for the School of Biological Sciences. Office: Julian 210; Phone: (309) 438-8252.

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Chicago Botanic Garden Internship Opportunities see their website for the annual deadlines

Summer Fisheries & Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Internships are available. For more information contact Dr. Perry

Parklands Foundation Summer Internship -- Restoration and Management of Native Landscapes in Central Illinois. For more information contact Dr. Anderson