The BS in Biology prepares students for jobs in the biotechnology industry, including pharmaceutical companies, university research laboratories, medical research centers, forensic laboratories, museums and government agencies such as the EPA, OSHA, FDA, IDNR, and the Department of Agriculture. It also prepares students to teach biology at the secondary level and for admission to graduate health professional programs such as medical, dental, veterinary and optometry schools, physician assistant, physical therapy, and nurse practitioner training, and graduate programs in the life sciences. All students considering the BS in Biology should consult an advisor in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical 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 completed). 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 and the supporting course sequence, 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.
These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:
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