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Schools Offering Science Programs in Illinois


Approximately 3.6% of graduates in of Illinois receive science degrees every year. That means an estimated 13,569 science professionals graduate from Illinois' 72 science schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois that has a science program is Northwestern University. Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th in the country in 2010, is located in Evanston. In 2010, Northwestern University graduated 484 students from its science program. Students at Northwestern University paid $40,223 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a science program is Wheaton College, which is located in Wheaton. In 2010, it was ranked 21st nationwide. 192 students graduated with degree in science from Wheaton College in 2010. Students at Wheaton College paid $27,580 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a science program is Loyola University Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. 724 students graduated with degree in science from Loyola University Chicago in 2010. Students at Loyola University Chicago paid $32,114 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

If you choose to attend a Illinois science school, average tuition will be $17,763 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,194 per year to $42,041 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Illinois science schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  3. Lake Forest College - located in Lake Forest, students are charged $35,525 per year

The science schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  3. Illinois Central College - located in Peoria, students are charged $2,790 per year

A science degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Environmental scientist, biology professor, science professor, biophysics scientist , and chemist are the professions of choice for a majority of science graduates in Illinois. In 2010, there were 15,710 science professional working in Illinois, including 610 life scientists, 1,460 environmental scientists, and 1,470 biology professors. The Illinois counties with the largest populations of science professional are:

  1. Cook County - 12,230 science professionals
  2. Lake County - 740 science professionals
  3. Marshall County - 140 science professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 8,930 science professionals will be working in Illinois. This would require the number of science professional to grow by 7%.

Salary

On average, science professionals earn $84,920 per year. However, this number is only an average. Science professional in Illinois had varying salaries from $17,580 to $163,440 per year in 2010. Science professionals in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Marshall County - $99,500 per year
  2. Cook County - $82,523 per year
  3. Lake County - $80,618 per year

The Illinois counties with the lowest average salary for science professionals are:

  1. Bureau County - $39,510 per year
  2. Menard County - $52,970 per year
  3. Champaign County - $55,060 per year

On average, the highest paid science professionals in Illinois were:

  1. Biophysics Scientist - $130,880 per year
  2. Clinical Research Scientist - $111,340 per year
  3. Science Professor - $78,960 per year

On average, the lowest paid science professionals in Illinois were:

  1. Chemist - $69,010 per year
  2. Biology Professor - $57,790 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in science and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as engineering or chemical engineering.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Science in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Science in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Science in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Science in Illinois
  • Certificate in Science in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,131 miles from location University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 49.1299 41% 43,881
6,104 miles from location University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 70.7646 34% 26,840
6,103 miles from location DePaul University Chicago IL 35.6436 31% 25,072
6,162 miles from location Northern Illinois University Dekalb IL 31.3806 29% 24,424
6,172 miles from location Illinois State University Normal IL 37.9275 35% 21,184
6,182 miles from location Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 29.5829 31% 20,350
6,106 miles from location Northwestern University Evanston IL 92.7945 32% 19,853
6,113 miles from location Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills IL 13.4837 n/a 17,774
6,103 miles from location Loyola University Chicago Chicago IL 72.1483 15% 15,879
6,114 miles from location Triton College River Grove IL 11.7006 n/a 15,706
6,101 miles from location University of Chicago Chicago IL 45.3883 36% 15,094
6,221 miles from location Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL 27.5134 33% 13,940
6,200 miles from location Illinois Central College Peoria IL 15.7341 n/a 13,049
6,261 miles from location Western Illinois University Macomb IL 32.0587 31% 12,679
6,127 miles from location Eastern Illinois University Charleston IL 31.7637 32% 11,966
6,139 miles from location Elgin Community College Elgin IL 15.1103 n/a 11,704
6,107 miles from location Northeastern Illinois University Chicago IL 17.0681 36% 11,631
6,235 miles from location Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey IL 11.0347 n/a 8,179
6,103 miles from location Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago IL 69.9334 26% 7,707
6,103 miles from location Roosevelt University Chicago IL 22.8963 28% 7,306
6,102 miles from location South Suburban College South Holland IL 10.1002 n/a 7,279
6,102 miles from location Chicago State University Chicago IL 15.9923 34% 7,235
6,103 miles from location National-Louis University Chicago IL 13.8491 56% 6,385
6,102 miles from location Prairie State College Chicago Heights IL 9.7858 n/a 5,854
6,125 miles from location Lewis University Romeoville IL 29.2285 33% 5,847
6,127 miles from location Benedictine University Lisle IL 26.9664 34% 5,836
6,205 miles from location Bradley University Peoria IL 35.5501 24% 5,800
6,106 miles from location Governors State University Park Forest IL 1.76028 n/a 5,674
6,112 miles from location Concordia University River Forest IL 24.8943 25% 5,049
6,107 miles from location Saint Xavier University Chicago IL 62.0777 14% 5,028
6,204 miles from location University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield IL 32.5018 37% 4,977
6,114 miles from location Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais IL 28.6851 66% 4,666
6,140 miles from location Aurora University Aurora IL 24.849 36% 4,355
6,113 miles from location Dominican University River Forest IL 65.2729 34% 3,909
6,119 miles from location Elmhurst College Elmhurst IL 64.8476 30% 3,363
6,126 miles from location University of St Francis Joliet IL 58.1609 35% 3,352
6,215 miles from location McKendree University Lebanon IL 59.0764 34% 3,284
6,107 miles from location North Park University Chicago IL 24.6829 35% 3,186
6,127 miles from location Wheaton College Wheaton IL 79.0634 46% 2,920
6,129 miles from location North Central College Naperville IL 64.8467 29% 2,798
6,116 miles from location Trinity International University Deerfield IL 23.8112 42% 2,730
6,253 miles from location Augustana College Rock Island IL 33.5767 23% 2,472
6,104 miles from location Kendall College Chicago IL 19.6033 46% 2,389
6,170 miles from location Millikin University Decatur IL 61.8731 28% 2,314
6,103 miles from location The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago Chicago IL 0.268337 n/a 2,245
6,172 miles from location Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington IL 37.1422 29% 2,066
6,122 miles from location Midwestern University Downers Grove IL 0.403237 n/a 2,052
6,103 miles from location Ellis University Chicago IL 2.23534 n/a 1,950
6,115 miles from location Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science North Chicago IL 0.228893 n/a 1,915
6,298 miles from location Quincy University Quincy IL 21.8699 29% 1,845
6,105 miles from location Rush University Chicago IL 0.735028 n/a 1,804
6,193 miles from location Greenville College Greenville IL 55.1301 35% 1,576
6,111 miles from location Trinity Christian College Palos Heights IL 26.9291 38% 1,450
6,105 miles from location Saint Augustine College Chicago IL 8.94577 n/a 1,430
6,114 miles from location Lake Forest College Lake Forest IL 29.7867 25% 1,415
6,244 miles from location Knox College Galesburg IL 71.7695 20% 1,407
6,258 miles from location Monmouth College Monmouth IL 60.7089 30% 1,379
6,103 miles from location Argosy University-Chicago Chicago IL 1.56274 n/a 1,348
6,175 miles from location Rockford College Rockford IL 21.6186 23% 1,341
6,137 miles from location Judson University Elgin IL 26.4629 44% 1,231
6,103 miles from location East-West University Chicago IL 9.8531 n/a 1,060
6,190 miles from location Lincoln Christian University Lincoln IL 26.7024 80% 993
6,238 miles from location Illinois College Jacksonville IL 28.1533 32% 894
6,124 miles from location Argosy University-Schaumburg Schaumburg IL 1.27286 n/a 773
6,187 miles from location Eureka College Eureka IL 16.9805 19% 766
6,103 miles from location Adler School of Professional Psychology Chicago IL 0.241996 n/a 703
6,218 miles from location Blackburn College Carlinville IL 19.8699 30% 607
6,206 miles from location Springfield College in Illinois Springfield IL 23.0466 n/a 559
6,244 miles from location Principia College Elsah IL 39.7521 97% 527
6,237 miles from location MacMurray College Jacksonville IL 28.2629 33% 518
6,110 miles from location Hebrew Theological College Skokie IL 43.3002 100% 450
6,103 miles from location Shimer College Chicago IL 14.5234 n/a 104
 

Curious what studying Science gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists + n/a $111,340
2
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other + 6,740 $78,960 -29.0%
3
Physicists + 2,930 $130,880 120.3%
4
Chemists + 2,500 $69,010 -9.4%
5
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary + 1,470 $57,790 -63.6%
6
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health + 1,460 $75,380 -14.6%
7
Life Scientists, All Other + 610 $71,080 74.3%
 

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