The Department of Biological Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology
consisting of five options:
Students may take courses in biological science, botany, physiology, and zoology.
- General Biology,
- Environmental Biology,
- Microbial/Molecular Biology,
- Secondary Teaching, and
- Minor in Biological Sciences.
Students following the liberal arts curriculum may prepare themselves for a variety
of positions in private industry, government or field naturalist services, as well
as for graduate studies in any of the biological sciences or for the professional
study of medicine or dentistry. Completion of the Secondary Teaching Option in Biology
qualifies students for an Initial Type 09 Illinois High School Certificate with a
high school endorsement in science, a biological science designation for grades 9-
12, and middle grade endorsements in biological science, physical science, and general
science for grades 6-8.
Certification requires the successful completion of the Illinois Certification Tests
of Basic Skills, Biology, and Assessment of Professional Teaching (Secondary 6-12).
The Secondary Teaching Program is accredited by the National Science Teachers Association
(NSTA), and meets Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) standards in science education.
Participation by students is sought by the Department of Biological Sciences for the
purpose of assessing curriculum matters and academic progress by students. Participation
is requested near the beginning of the student's program, part way through the student's
program and after graduation. Responses by students to departmental offerings are
important and are used to change and improve departmental options. To see a summary
of the Secondary Biology Assessment efforts click here. The complete assessment plan and prior assessment reports can be viewed at the departmental
Completion of 22 credit hours in biology to be selected with the help of a department
advisor, including a maximum of three courses at the 100 level, a minimum of one course
at the 300 level, and a minimum of three laboratory courses.
The requirements for minors must be completed prior to graduation in order for the
minor to appear on the transcript. For more information about minors, see the chairperson
of the Department of Biological Science, Dr. Devi Potluri.
Chicago State University
Department of Biological Sciences
Williams Science Center, Room 310
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598
Tel: (773) 995-2183/2184
Fax: (773) 995-3759