Illinois Wesleyan's biology program prepares majors for graduate study in biology, for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, environmental science, forestry, osteopathy, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy or paramedical programs, for teaching biology at the secondary level, for positions in research in industrial laboratories and for government field work.

Many of our graduates continue their education at institutions such as the University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and Duke University.

Our alumni enjoy a variety of exciting careers, including marine biology, microbiology, molecular genetics, physiology, ecology, secondary education, and many specialties of medicine.

Alumni Spotlight

Ann Stroink '76
Ann Stroink '76

Ann Stroink '76

Ann Stroink, a 1976 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan, is a board-certified neurosurgeon and senior partner of Central Illinois Neuro Health Sciences, a large neurosurgical practice in central Illinois that she established in 1985. A biology major at Illinois Wesleyan, Stroink was the first woman to train in general neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and was a fellow in pediatric neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto.

In 2014, Stroink was named medical director of neurosurgery for Advocate Health Care, providing leadership for neurosurgical activities across the Advocate system.

Stroink is a co-founder and director of continuing medical education for the Central Illinois Neuroscience Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing neuro health care through education and research.

She has been instrumental in the design and implementation of several research protocols in her field, including the use of the CyberKnife – a non-invasive radiation system – in brain and spinal-cord cases. Her contributions to the body of evidence-based medicine have been published in some of the most rigorous and widely respected peer-reviewed journals.

Stroink was featured in the Spring 2008 Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine and gave the University's 2010 Commencement Address.

Curious what types of careers are available for a certain college major?

We have compiled over 10,000 of our alumni's career biographies and paired them with their major (or majors) at Illinois Wesleyan. See the careers held by IWU graduates who majored in biology.