Biological Sciences

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Biological Sciences and Pre-Health Professions Programs at Chicago State University. We are uniquely equipped to help our students fulfill their dreams and goals of becoming leaders in the profession and intellectual world. Through small class sizes and mentoring, we take pride in our individualized approach to guiding our students from their entry from high schools and community colleges through completion of their degree and launching their professional careers, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, environmental science, optometry, physician assistant, environmental agencies and secondary school teaching. Our flexible course options allow greater access for working students, whether to retrain for a new career path or prepare for admission to graduate schools or a variety of professional programs.

Our highly-trained faculty value involving undergraduate students in their research programs and we excel in providing opportunities for under-graduate and graduate research. Our department has excellent facilities and equipment, including: a core microscopy facility with both scanning and transmission electron microscopes, a fluorescence-activated cell sorter, comprehensive anatomy labs [including cadavers], a greenhouse, and a new aquaponics center. Through our Pre-Health Professions program, graduate school advisors ,and clubs, we maintain a comprehensive support system to help students navigate through the application process for graduate/professional schools, and we are very successful in placing students with such programs. Our extra-curricular activities and clubs not only allow professional networking, but also offer our students opportunities to engage the community at large.

I invite you to visit our department and experience our facilities first hand. Our faculty and staff will be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.


Joyce Ache Gana, Ph.D.

Departmental Chairperson and Professor of Biology

Phone: (773) 995-2183


Students observing plants in greenhouse Student observing mice at The Field Museum
Dr. Swier and student evaluating experiment results Student running electrophoresis gel
Student presenting her results at conference Students observing gorillas for ecology lab at Lincoln Park Zoo

Questions about class scheduling or employment opportunities should be directed to the Biology Office (773) 995-2183.