Integrative Biology Honors is a complete curriculum designed for superior students wishing to pursue an intensive program in integrative biology and, concurrently, to gain a strong background in the physical sciences and mathematics. See full degree requirements here.
- Small classes with outstanding faculty
- Cohesive group of students in a focused curriculum
- Open-ended investigation in the lab and field
- An honors program, not just an honors section
Applications will be accepted in early February 2020 for enrollment fall 2020.
IB Special Topics Courses for Spring 2020
IB 496 AW3 Bio-Inspired Design
Offers a unique interdisciplinary advanced design experience in the field of bioinspiration. During the course we will cover four focus areas: locomotion, sensing, materials, and complex systems. For each topic, we will discuss the state of the art on engineering side and the solutions in nature that can augment the current engineering systems. By the end of the course you should be able to work in interdisciplinary teams, use analogical design concepts, and produce a prototype based on a biological function to solve an engineering challenge in one of the four focus areas.
IB 496B Biological Field Research
Through this 8-week course in Integrative Biology, students will receive training and hands-on experience in study design and collection and analysis of data from biological field research. This course meets on campus once weekly for 2 hours for the first 8 weeks of the spring semester and culminates with a trip to Archbold Biological Station in Venus, Florida, over spring break. Students will perform independent field research studies while at Archbold, in addition to visiting and touring natural areas of the southeast U.S. Students will be expected to design an independent field research study, collect and analyze data, and present the findings of their research at the end of the course. Registered students must participate in the field experience over spring break 2020, departing from campus the morning of March 14th and returning the evening of March 22nd. Travel will be by car/van and will include stops in Tennessee and Florida. Registration requires consent of instructor, Dr. Brian Allan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional fees will apply.
IB 299AL1/AE1 Biology of Sex
This online course surveys the molecular and physiological process, function, ecology, behavior, and evolution of sexual (and asexual) reproduction of humans and other taxa and lineages. Prerequisite: IB 150 or consent of instructor.
IB 299C Training in Team Science
The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) is partnering with the School of Integrative Biology to offer a course to enhance research skills, especially for multidisciplinary team science. Team science is unique in academic labs but common in industry. Students will build upon their IB390 or IB490 research experiences to create a foundation in genomics, scientific collaboration, research etiquette and scientific communication and will leave the course better prepared for research-related employment. Open only to students currently enrolled in IB390 or IB490 with a faculty member who has an appointment at the IGB. S/U graded.
ATLAS Share Computer program
To help ensure every LAS student has access to a base level of technology, ATLAS has set aside a limited number of loaner computers that may be checked out to LAS students. Computers will be network ready and come with campus licensed software and virus protection as well as a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Computers and all accompanying equipment will be due to ATLAS at the end of the loan period.
The School of Integrative Biology is now offering two new certificates!
In addition to the two certificates introduced in the fall (Integrative Health, Biology of Global Change), IB has two more new certificates!
The Certificate in Forensic Science, jointly administered by the School of Integrative Biology and the Department of Anthropology, allows undergraduates to obtain recognition for completing coursework that provides a foundational coursework in biology and anthropology to prepare for additional study in forensic sciences. Careers for which a certificate in Forensic Science may be appropriate include forensic pathology, forensic anthropology, death investigation, crime scene investigation, forensic biology, forensic genetics, forensic botany, forensic toxicology, and forensic entomology.
The Certificate in Animal Behavior, jointly administered by the School of Integrative Biology and the Department of Psychology, allows undergraduates to obtain recognition for completing coursework that provides a foundational understanding of the study of Animal Behavior. The courses included provide an understanding of both the proximate (e.g., genetic, neural, hormonal mechanisms) and ultimate (e.g., evolutionary reasons) bases of behavior.
These certificates provide a great way for you to create an area of focus in your advanced courses and show additional credentials to demonstrate your competency
Graduation Checklist - May grads
- Apply to graduate when you are registering for your final term
- Check in with an IB advisor and/or LAS Records Officer in 2002 Lincoln Hall to be sure your requirements are met.
- Keep an eye on the websites for information regarding the Commencement ceremony (commencement.illinois.edu)
Enjoy your last semester on campus!
LAS Success Workshops: The College of LAS offers the LAS Success Workshop Series to support students’ academic, personal, and professional development. For full details, visit publish.illinois.edu/lassuccessworkshops
Clinical Counselor in LAS Office: LAS students can now have an initial consult with a licensed clinical counselor in the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office, 2002 Lincoln Hall. Through an LAS-Counseling Center partnership, LAS students can meet with Sharon Benekohal, LCSW in their college office. To set up an appointment, call 333-3704, or come to 2002 Lincoln Hall.
Subject specific academic support resources
Biology: The instructor for MCB 150, Brad Mehrtens, has a video in which he describes strategies for studying biology.
Both schools of biology have Learning Centers students can utilize for study sessions or individual computer work.
- The IB Learning Center is located in 2092 Natural History Building.
- The MCB Learning Center is located in 200 Burrill Hall. Please visit the center for current hours.
CARE: The Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE) Services offered include: tutoring, supported study halls, and exam review sessions. Open to all University of Illinois students.
OMSA: The Office of Minority Student Affairs’ Academic Services Center Services offered include: tutoring, supplemental instruction, review sessions, study skills workshops. Open to all University of Illinois students.
Chemistry: The Department of Chemistry offers a variety of types of academic support.
- General chemistry teaching assistants are available to provide walk-in help with introductory courses from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Chemistry Learning Center.
- The Chemistry Learning Center also provides tutorials for CHEM 102 and CHEM 104.
Math and Physics: The Departments of Math and Physics each post a list of graduate students available for tutoring. Fees range from $5/ hour and up.
For full details on academic assistance on campus, please see sib.illinois.edu/undergraduate/advising/academic_assistance