Major in Biology for the Bachelor of Science Degree

(68-71 credit hours total: 43-46 credits in Biology + 25 credits in cognate areas)

The major requires a set of six required Biology courses (including a cornerstone course, BIO-150), five elective courses in Biology, a capstone course in Biology, and a set of cognate courses in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. As such, the curriculum provides broad training in the sciences, allows for students to take a sequence of courses that fit their particular interests within Biology and allows students to prepare themselves for specific careers in Biology.

Students who are seeking to be licensed to teach Biology in secondary schools should consult with both an advisor in Biology and an advisor in the College of Education.

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies are strongly encouraged to take one year each of organic chemistry and calculus, and a course in statistics.

Students who are planning to pursue professional training in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other health professions should contact the professional schools to which they intend to apply in order to determine their specific program requirements. Students should also consult regularly with an advisor in Biology to ensure that they take an appropriate set of elective courses. Finally, these students can receive guidance on recommended courses, graduate-school test preparation and the application process from the Coordinator of Student Services in the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Student Center for Science Engagement.

General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
6
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)
9

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

9

Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).

9

Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3
*

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.

**

 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

 

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Required Biology Courses

The following six core courses are required of all majors. (Note that BIO-150 must be taken concurrently with BIO-201 or, for transfer students, in their first semester at NEIU.)

BIO-150Essential Skills For Biologists2
BIO-201General Biology I4
BIO-202General Biology II4
BIO-301Cell Biology4
BIO-303General Genetics4
BIO-305Writing Intensive Program:General Ecology4
Total Hours22

Five elective courses must also be taken. At least three courses must have a lab component. Four of these must be Biology courses, one of which must focus on plants and one must focus on animals. The fifth course may be in Biology, or can be a course from another department, as long as it has been approved by the Biology Department to count as an elective. Students should check with the Biology Department Office or their advisor for a list of approved courses. 18-20 cr.  A maximum of three courses can be transferred to satisfy the Biology electives.

One capstone course must also be taken after a student has made substantial progress toward completing the major requirements. The capstone requirement can be satisfied by taking:

Select one of the following:3-4
Biology Senior Seminar
Internship In Biology
Independent Research I
and Independent Research II
Seminar In Teaching Of Biology

Students should check the catalog or their advisor to determine the pre-requisites for each of these options 3-4 cr.

Required Cognate Courses

CHEM-211General Chemistry I5
CHEM-212General Chemistry II4
CHEM-231Organic Chemistry I4
MATH-187Calculus I4
or MATH-275 Applied And Computational Statistics
Two semesters of Physics, either algebra-based or calculus-based with labs8
College Physics I
and College Physics II
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Physics I Laboratory
and Physics II Laboratory
Total Hours25

Requirements for Secondary Education Licensure

In completing the Major in Biology, students seeking license to teach biology must earn 8 semester hours in botany including 5 semester hours in laboratory work, 8 semester hours in zoology including 5 semester hours in laboratory work, and 8 semester hours in physiology including 5 semester hours in laboratory work. Students who major in Biology and Secondary Education should consult with both an advisor in Biology and an advisor in the College of Education.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
BIO-150Essential Skills For Biologists2
BIO-201General Biology I4
CHEM-211General Chemistry I5
General Education Course - FYE 3
 Term Hours14
Term 2
BIO-202General Biology II4
BIO-301Cell Biology4
MATH-173College Algebra4
ENGL-101Writing I3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours18
Second Year
Term 1
BIO-303General Genetics4
MATH-187Calculus I4
ENGL-102Writing II3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours14
Term 2
BIO-305Writing Intensive Program:General Ecology4
CHEM-212General Chemistry II4
PHYS-201College Physics I3
PHYS-203Physics I Laboratory1
General Education Course3
 Term Hours15
Third Year
Term 1
CHEM-231Organic Chemistry I4
BIO Elective4
BIO Elective3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours17
Term 2
PHYS-202College Physics II3
PHYS-204Physics II Laboratory1
BIO Elective4
General Education Course3
Elective/Minor3
 Term Hours14
Fourth Year
Term 1
BIO-390Biology Senior Seminar3
BIO Elective4
BIO Elective4
General Education Course3
 Term Hours14
Term 2
BIO Elective4
MATH or Science Elective4
Elective/Minor3
Elective/Minor3
 Term Hours14
 Total Hours: 120