Department of Biological Sciences


During pre-registration advising, please contact the departmental office at (309) 298-1546 to schedule an appointment with one of the advisors.

Medical sciences (in preparation for Medical, Veterinary, Dentistry, Optometry, Physician Assistant, and Physical and Occupational Therapy), botany, microbiology, zoology, and clinical laboratory science majors are all advised by:

  • The Axon SP15  is a newsletter from the Academic Advisors, provided once each semester.  

Registration Information:

WIU's STARS Registration Website:
Click HERE for Registration Instructions


Biology teacher certification students are advised by:

  • Dr. Laura Barden-Gabbei, post-method - by appointment; please call (309) 298-1546.
  • Jennifer Sandrik-Rubio, appointment sign-up sheet outside Tillman 415.

 "As our students prepare to become middle and high school science teachers, they engage in a variety of research. This experience is critical in helping them develop a real sense of the process of science as they prepare to teach their students what science is all about."  Dr. Laura M. Barden-Gabbei

Related Majors and Minors

  • Chemistry (Forensic and Regular)
  • Conservation/Animal Science (Agriculture)
  • Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary studies minor)
  • Geology
  • Gerontology
  • Health Sciences
  • Horticulture (Interdisciplinary studies minor)
  • Neuroscience (Psychology minor)
  • Psychology
  • Recreation Parks and Tourism Administration

Academic Programs and
     Course Guidelines

Biology major with options in:

News Release December 2014:
WIU Biology Graduates Excel in Medical Fields

Please note: Medical Sciences enrollment requires a minimum GPA of 2.75. A chemistry minor is required with this option in order to prepare students for application to professional schools, such as medical schools, veterinarian programs, dental schools, optometry schools, and physician assistant programs.  A psychology minor is required with this option in order to prepare students for application to physical therapy and occupational therapy programs.

Teacher Certification Programs in Science
(Grades 6-12) 

      • Biology degree option
      • Chemistry degree option
      • Physics degree option
      • For more information about the Teacher Education Program go to the Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals (
      • Note:  To be fully accepted to the Teacher Education Program, a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and in your major are required.



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