Along with specific requirements for any major, all students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs must meet all general education and graduation requirements under a single catalog.

 Requirements for a major are 36 hours in Biology including:

Major Requirements
BIOL 241Organization of Life: Genetics and Cell Biology4
BIOL 242Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany4
BIOL 243Processes of Life: Ecology and Evolution4
BIOL 252Modeling the Systems of Life4
BIOL 356Genetics4
BIOL 494The Integrated Biologist2
Electives
Select 14 credits of electives, including at least one course from each of three course clusters:14
Cluster 1 - Cellular & Molecular Biology
Advanced Cellular and Developmental Biology
Introduction to Pharmacology
Microbiology
Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis
General Biochemistry
Cluster 2 - Organismal Biology and Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Parasitology
Invertebrate Zoology
Neurobiology
Economic Botany
Plant Physiology
Cluster 3 - Ecology, Environment, and Evolution
Environmental Ethics
Introduction to Environmental Ethics
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Plant Taxonomy
Disease Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Marine Biology
Animal Behavior
Field Natural History
Total Credits36

A student majoring in biology is also required to develop a sound understanding of chemical processes; this requirement is fulfilled in one of two ways:

Select one of the following options:16
Option A
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Option B
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Principles of Organic Chemistry
Additional 4 credits in 1-2 natural sciences course(s) 1

Cross-referenced courses cannot be counted toward a Biology major if they are included in the major or minor program of another department.

Students may register for biology elective credit in courses within cooperative programs such as those offered by Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA), the Morton Arboretum or the Shedd Aquarium.

Medical, Dental and Health Professions:
Biology majors interested in medical, dental and other health professions must meet specific requirements of the professional schools to which they apply. See these requirements and recommendations by the Health Professions Office. Please also talk to your Biology Major Advisor for guidance.