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Biology, BS


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..


  • Students must complete the final 30 semester hours of their degree at Roosevelt University; off-site allied health courses do not count towards this requirement.
  • At least 20 semester hours in acceptable biology, chemistry, or physics courses must be taken at Roosevelt University; not more than 15 semester hours of acceptable biology courses may be taken elsewhere.
  • Following enrollment, completion of all remaining biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics course requirements for Biology degrees must be accomplished at Roosevelt University. Under special circumstances, written permission to take required courses elsewhere may be granted by Biology advisors.
  • Courses in biology must have been taken within the past eight years to be accepted for graduation.
  • No more than four semester hours of independent study in biology may be used to fulfill the requirements of the major.
  • A first course in human anatomy and physiology does not apply towards a major in biology; technical and/or clinical courses are not acceptable for transfer credit, except for programs in medical technology, nuclear medicine technology or radiation therapy technology.
  • AP biology credit with a score of 3.0 or higher may apply toward the major in biology or the general education requirement; consult with an advisor.
  • At least one biology course with a laboratory above BIOL 301 must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

  BIOL 201 Organismic Biology .....5
  BIOL 202 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics .....5
  BIOL 301 Cellular and Molecular Biology .....5
  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II .....5
  MATH 121 College Algebra .....3
  MATH 122 Precalculus .....3
  MATH 217 Introduction to Probability and Statistics .....3
  MATH 231 Calculus I .....4
  MATH 232 Calculus II .....4
  PHYS 231 Intro to Calculus-Based Physics I .....5
  PHYS 232 Intro to Calculus-Based Physics II .....5

Electives chosen from the list below to complete a minimum of 35 semester hours in biology with at least one 300-level laboratory course beyond BIOL 301

  BIOL 302 Diversity and Evolution .....3
  BIOL 315 Ecology .....5
  BIOL 323 Tropical Biology .....2
  BIOL 324 Marine Biology .....3
  BIOL 332 Ecology of Tallgrass Prairies .....4
  BIOL 335 Great Lakes .....4
  BIOL 350 Cancer Biology .....3
  BIOL 351 General Genetics .....5
  BIOL 354 Experimental Methods in Biochemistry and Biotechnology .....2
  BIOL 355 Biochemistry .....3
  BIOL 357 Advanced Biochemistry .....3
  BIOL 360 Microbiology .....5
  BIOL 367 Immunology .....5
  BIOL 391 Medical Internship .....3


  General Education Requirements, University Writing Requirement, and electives to total: .....120

In fulfilling the electives towards the biology degree, students may qualify for the concentration in biotechnology.

Biotechnology Concentration

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:

  BIOL 353 Molecular Biology .....5
  BIOL 355 Biochemistry .....5
  BIOL 358 Cell Biology .....5
  BIOL 360 Microbiology .....5
  BIOL 367 Immunology .....5

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.