- Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department.
- Successful completion of University examinations in English, mathematics, and reading is required prior to formal acceptance into the program. A Chicago State University cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or better must be attained before formal acceptance into the program.
- The department will not accept D transfer credits in any biology or chemistry courses.
- Achievement of a grade of C or better in all required biology courses at Chicago State University is required.
- A maximum of one chemistry or required supportive course with a D grade earned at Chicago State University will be accepted.
- Once enrolled at Chicago State University, biology majors may not take a major or supportive course at a two-year college.
- Completion of 120 semester hours of work: 15 hours of Gen Ed [6 hours Composition, 6 hours Foreign Language, 3 hours Math]; 27 hours of General requirements: 9 hours Humanities, 9 hours Physical and Life Sciences, 9 hours Social Sciences (with embedded requirements of 3 hours Critical Thinking, 3 hours Diversity Course, 3 hours Fine Arts and 3 hours Interdisciplinary Courses); 56 hours in biology and chemistry, 18 hours in supportive courses; 4 hours in electives selected under departmental advisement and to include internship when appropriate; and passing the examination on the state and federal constitutions.
1. Introduction to Biology Professions (Bi 1600);
2. Introduction to Biology (BIOL 1710);
3. Biology of Algae, Plants, and Fungi (BOT 2050);
4. Biology of Animals (ZOOL 2040);
5. Genetics Lecture and Lab (Biol 3040);
6. Cell Biology Lecture and Lab (Biol 3051);
7. Ecology (Biol 3072); and
8. Capstone (Biol 4800).
Required Supportive Courses for Biology Majors:
1. Either College Algebra (Math 1200) + Algebra/Trigonometry (Math 1210) OR PreCalculus (Math 1250)(or the equivalent);
2. Basic Probability and Statistics (Math 1600);
3. Either Calculus I (Math 1410) or Calculus for Life Sciences (Math 1415);
4. General Chemistry I & II with labs (Chem 1400, 1410, 1450, 1460);
5. Organic Chemistry I & II with labs (Chem 2400, 2410, 2450, 2460); and
6. Physics I & II with labs (Phys 1510, 1520).
In addition, Biology majors must complete four elective courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels (in Biol, Bot, Psly, Zool, or approved Chem courses), of which at least two must include a lab and at least two must be at the 4000 level. No grade below C will be accepted in Biology (Biol, Bot, Psly, Zool, Chem) elective courses.
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