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Biology Off-Campus Programs

Wheaton College encourages enrollment of off campus courses that introduce students to real world situations where they can learn the principles and practices of their academic disciplines.

Wheaton College Science Station

The  Wheaton College Science Station is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. Students can take intensive courses in ecology, plant biology and zoology, where students study ecological systems and the organisms that have domains in them. The diversity of habitats is great, ranging from mixed grass prairies to oak woodlands, pine forests and spruce forests. Taking one course at a time, students are truly immersed in learning about plants, animals, geology, and ecology in the outdoors. A need-based scholarship is available.


During the summer biology faculty teach general education courses at HoneyRock, Wheaton College's outdoor center for leadership development in Wisconsin. Students have opportunity to take courses in ecology/environmental science in a less formal outdoor environment that helps them more easily experience and understand the concepts and principles involved in these aspect of biology.

Course Field TripsBiology at Wheaton College

Several of the biology classes involve field trips to locations in and around Chicago. They are designed to enable the students to experience, on a first-hand basis, what they are learning in class.

  • BIOL 243 Processes of Life. Travel to various forests preserves in the area.
  • BIOL 252 Introduction to Biological Research.  Model Research Systems: Students travel to the University of Chicago's John Crearar Library - Students in the Sophomore-level course called go as a class to the Crearar library in down-town Chicago in order to do library research for a literature review paper. They are accompanied by a staff member from the Wheaton College library who has expertise in the biological sciences.
  • BIOL 341 Plant Physiology. A field trip is taken to either the Chicago Botanical Garden or the Garfield Pard Conservatory.
  • BIOL 344 Economic Botany. A field trip is taken to the Field Museum of Natural History and the Garfield Park Conservatory in order to see and learn about plants used for a variety of purposes.
  • BIOL 364 Microbiology and Immunology. Takes a field trip to the Stickney Waste Water Management Facility in Chicago.
  • BIOL 368 Invertebrate Zoology. Travels to the Shedd Aquarium.