Dept. of Biology
30 N. Brainard St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 637-5181

Home of the Biology Department
Our immersive, research-rich biology and biochemistry programs are located in the new Wentz Science Center--come check us out!
Undergraduate Research
Students become biologists as they engage in research with faculty mentors. Stipends are available for full-time research in our summer program (learn more and apply here), or students can do research for course credit during the academic year. Capstone courses also offer a taste of research through independent projects.
Tri-Beta trip to Starved Rock
Tri-Beta, our biology honor society, sponsored a trip to Starved Rock State Park to see waterfalls and spring flowers.
Feed A Bee grant funds prairie development
North Central biology students have an experimental restored prairie right on campus thanks to the efforts of Dr. Greg Ruthig and other Biology and Environmental Studies faculty. Dr. Ruthig recently received a $5000 grant from Bayer's Feed A Bee program, supporting the prairie's role in providing habitat for native pollinators.
Semesters are Coming!
North Central is moving to semesters in 2019-20! Watch for a new research-based introductory course and other improvements to the Biology curriculum. You can preview the curriculum and check out four-year plans.
Be a Citizen-Scientist
North Central College is now a partner in the Chicago Botanical Garden's budburst project, a citizen-scientist project to monitor effects of a changing climate on plants in our area.
Research Presentations
Summer research students are pictured presenting their work at a poster session early in Fall term, the culminating event in our annual Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC). Students may also present the results of their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCURor at regional or national professional conferences.
Field Courses
North Central students interested in fields such as ecology, botany and zoology have opportunities to work in the field at local or remote sites. Pictured here are Greg Ruthig and his students, who traveled to Africa for a recent field course, Natural History of Bioko Island.
NCC is a Level One Arboretum
ArbNet has recently approved North Central College as a Level One Arboretum. A campus-wide tree survey conducted by student researchers collaborating with Biology faculty was instrumental in achieving this designation.