What will I learn?

Biological science is the study of life in all its forms, from the single-celled to entire ecosystems. Our biological sciences program offers a broad foundation in the basic principals of biology you need to build your career. We offer opportunities for specialization in biology education, biomedical science, and ecology that make your college experience your own and your degree exactly what you want it to be. And, you’ll work with faculty mentors in microbiology, physiology, plant biology and zoology to put your biggest dreams in reach.


Our degree program maximizes resources within every area of the sciences. This means our students go where their career plans and academic ambition take them, no matter which area of biological sciences appeals to them the most – whether teaching, med school, or lab or field research.


The Biomedical Science specialization is appropriate for students planning careers as chiropractors, dentists, medical doctors, optometrists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physician assistants, or podiatrists, or those planning to attend graduate school in a human-health discipline. The major includes all pre-health requirements specified by the College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences Health Professions Information Office. Pre-professional students must register with the College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences Pre-Health Professions Advisement Office.

The Health Professions Information Office (HPIO) provides guidance concerning requirements of and application procedures to the various schools. The office also compiles the preprofessional files of students who will be applying to medical (including osteopathic medical), podiatry, optometry and dental school and works with the Health Preprofessional Committee in recommending those applicants.

Which department am I in?

School of Biological Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$26,000.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

13 December 2021, 10 January 2022


School of Biological Sciences

Life Sciences II, Mail Code 6501,

Southern Illinois University, 1125 Lincoln Drive,



62901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school or equivalent. Academic Requirements (grade point averages are on a 4.0 scale and are calculated by SIU): 26 credits or more at another college/university - submit college/university transcripts showing a GPA of 2.0 or greater on all coursework; 0-25 credits at another college/university - submit high school AND university/college transcripts showing 2.0 GPA on all coursework; 5 Passes on the GCE O or A level exams (under the Cambridge/ed excel model).

For international students

Students need to have Transcripts from high school and/or college. At SIU Carbondale, applicants for admission will be eligible for automatic admission if they are on track to complete our course pattern requirements and who meet one of the following criteria: A cumulative high school GPA of 2.75; A ranking in the top 10% of their graduating class.

English Language Requirement: Any one of the following methods will automatically meet the minimum English requirement. Applicants who do not meet the automatic English language admission requirement will undergo a holistic review to determine potential admissibility.

TOEFL (IBT internet-based test) - 68

TOEFL (paper based test) - 520

ITEP - 4.0 (academic plus only)

IELTS - 6.0

2 Face-to-face English composition classes taken in the U.S. at the college level with a grade of A or B

More than 48 college-level credit hours completed at a U.S. institution

If an applicant is from a country whose primary language is English

Graduation from a U.S. high school having spent the final 2 years in the U.S.

Meeting the SAT or ACT requirements for admission of domestic freshmen

Duolingo English Test (accepted during COVID-19 closures)- 95

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Priding itself on its inclusivity, international students can enjoy a diverse campus community where 29% of the total enrolled are minority students.

  • Globally and Nationally ranked public research University
  • Over 200 majors, minors and specifications
  • Reduced tuition rates for eligible international students
  • Student population representing over 100 countries

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