The BS in biology prepares students for jobs in government agencies such as EPA, OSHA, the Department of Agriculture, and for work as laboratory or field work technicians in universities, hospitals, museums, and industry. It also prepares students to teach biology at the secondary level and for admission to medical, dental, veterinary schools, and graduate programs in the life sciences.
Students who plan to teach biology in secondary school may qualify for Roosevelt University's recommendation to the Illinois State Board of Education for teacher certification. This program provides biology majors with the flexibility to teach mathematics and general science as well as biology in grades 6-12. Application for admission to the program must be made to the College of Education before the student begins the senior year (less than 90 semester hours). Requirements are listed under secondary teacher education. Students interested in this option should see an advisor in the College of Education for specific course selections.
Courses taken for the major or minor must be taken on a letter grade basis. A grade of C- is the minimal acceptable grade for a course to be applied to the major or minor, or to be acceptable as a prerequisite for subsequent courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses in the major and the minor..
In fulfilling the electives towards the biology degree, students may qualify for the concentration in biotechnology.
This program is designed to provide students with extensive laboratory training in molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, and biochemistry. A student holding a concentration may obtain employment in the biotechnology industry, including pharmaceutical companies, university research laboratories, forensic laboratories, or medical research centers.
The 15-semester-hour concentration is available as an option for undergraduate biology and chemistry majors and is appropriate for post-baccalaureate students who wish to enhance their professional skills or prepare for graduate study in medicine or related fields. The component courses are available for graduate credit to students with post-baccalaureate standing and may be used with consent towards partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MS in Biotechnology and Chemical Sciences.
All courses submitted for the concentration must be completed at Roosevelt University and passed with a grade of C- or higher, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all certificate courses.
To register for courses in the biotechnology concentration, students must have successfully completed CHEM 211 and BIOL 301or the equivalent.
Students must successfully complete practical laboratory examinations in each course submitted for the concentration. Because of the rapid pace of technological change in this field, courses submitted for the concentration must have been completed within five calendar years prior to completing the concentration. Students must choose three of the following five courses:
Scheduling and time-to-completion
Courses in the concentration may be taken one or two at a time so that the program may be completed in one or two academic years.
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