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:

Beth Lane

Phone: (309) 298-1546
Office: Waggoner Hall 381

or by one of the Grad Advisors:

Katie Franchi
Waggoner Hall 379

Nick Emory
Waggoner Hall 380

BAC Hours
Honors Program Information / RISE Program
Biology Clubs and Organizations 
2+2 Agreements with Community Colleges 

The Axon SP 16 is a newsletter from the Academic Advisors, provided once each semester

Registration Information:

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

PICTURES2015  Fall Zoology FYE Class Trip to Kibbe

Biology teacher certification students are advised by:
  • Dr. Laura Barden-Gabbei, post-method - by appointment; please call (309) 298-1546.
  • Beth Lane, appointment sign-up at Waggoner 372.

"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

Academic Programs and Course Guidelines

Biology major with options in:

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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