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Department Chair

James Mountjoy

Associate Professor and Chair of Biology

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Our department feels like a family—a family that happens to run one of the most ambitious undergraduate research programs in the country. Everyone is connected here: exceptional faculty, first-year students, seniors working on their capstone projects. 

Coursework covers the breadth of biology from the molecular level to the furthest reaches of the field, including interdisciplinary work in specialized topics. For students who are considering a professional career or graduate school in the sciences, Knox also offers a bachelor of science degree, providing a more comprehensive undergraduate experience in biology and the natural sciences. We also make use of excellent resources, including research centers for microscopy, cell and tissue culture, and cell and molecular biology, plus an aquarium, an aviary, and our Green Oaks biological field station.

And then, because this is Knox, we add opportunities to do much, much more: student-driven research, internships, presentations, and off-campus study. Our alumni go on to top medical and graduate schools (Stanford, University of Chicago, Yale); and take established positions (or invent new jobs) at laboratories and law firms, businesses and government agencies, consulting firms and nonprofits.

Where We Learn

Knox College's biology program gives you access to state-of-the-art facilities -- and hands-on use of them early in your Knox career -- to ensure success in graduate school and careers in biology.

Hunter Biology Wing
Located in Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center, the Hunter Biology Wing is devoted entirely to extensive facilities for biology classes, lab sessions and student and faculty research projects.

Our biology classes all have dedicated laboratory space, meaning students can set up your lab projects and return to them without having to close up shop each time. You'll work with scanning electron microscopes and electron transmission microscopes, possibly as early as your first year at Knox -- an opportunity unrivaled by institutions of Knox's size.

Research Opportunities
Our special research centers provide students and faculty engaged in research access to state-of-the-art equipment.

  • We have a complete microscopy lab that holds transmission and scanning electron microscopes, a time-lapse video/Nomarski microscope, a darkroom and host of specimen preparation equipment.
  • Facilities for Cell and Tissue Culture
  • Facilities for Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Facilities for Marine Biology in the Aquarium Room

Other Resources
Knox students also have hands-on access to:

  • The Ellen Browning Scripps Greenhouse, which contains an excellent collection of exotic plants used for teaching. It also offers space for student research projects.
  • The Natural History Collection, consisting of The Knox College Herbarium, which holds plants that were present when Illinois' settlers arrived in the 1830's-1870's -- one of the best such collections in the state.
  • The Hurd Museum, which contains more than 1,000 specimens of vertebrate animals from Illinois and around the world. The museum has an especially strong collection of local birds and mammals.

Green Oaks Field Station
One of the most unique educational resources at Knox is Green Oaks Field Station, a 700-acre preserve located just 18 miles from campus. Learn more about Green Oaks.

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Printed on Monday, September 16, 2019