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
Select 14 credits of electives, including at least one course from each of three course clusters: 114
Organization of Life (Cellular)
Anatomy & Physiology I
Cell and Developmental Biology
Microbiology & Immunology
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Diversity of Life (Organisms)
Plant Taxonomy
Economic Botany
Microbiology & Immunology
Marine Biology
Invertebrate Zoology
Field Natural History
Processes of Life (Systems)
Human Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology II
Plant Physiology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Marine Biology
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) 2

Students interested in health professions may take the following courses among their 14 hours of electives:

BIOL 317Biomedical Ethics2
BIOL 331Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIOL 332Anatomy & Physiology II4
BIOL 362Cell and Developmental Biology4
BIOL 364Microbiology & Immunology4

Students interested in medical school must take:

One year of Physics:8
Option 1
General Physics I
General Physics II
Option 2
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
BIOL 461General Biochemistry4
or CHEM 461 General Biochemistry
The following are highly-recommended social science courses:
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology4
SOC 115Introduction to Sociology4

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.