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Bachelor's in Biology (BA or BS)

The Bachelor of Science 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.

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology is an option for students who want an in-depth humanistic education in biology without completing all of the science and mathematics courses required for the BS in Biology. The biology BA allows students the flexibility to fashion a customized undergraduate experience; for example, completing a double-major or multiple minors.

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Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Minor

All students considering the BS in Biology should consult an advisor in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences. While a BS degree is not as flexible as a BA, in some respects a BS can be more focused on the development of deeper skills within the major subject areas. The choice of biology degree should to be made according to how the specific characteristics of the degree fit the student's aptitude and career goals, and how the student wishes to utilize the undergraduate experience to meet his or her educational objectives. 

For both degrees, the curriculum highlights the link between social justice, civic engagement and environmental conservation. Faculty members works closely with students to provide guidance in theoretical and practical aspects of their courses.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Students in the biology program have the following opportunities:

  • Work with faculty at renowned places such as the Field Museum
  • Faculty-led travel abroad courses conducted in places such as Tanzania and Belize
  • Laboratory sessions taught by expert faculty members
  • Opportunities to conduct research with faculty and present at research meetings on campus and away at regional and national conferences

Minor Requirements

The biology minor is ideal for students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of biological systems to support interest in other fields such as science writing. At least 15 semesters in biology must be completed with a grade of C- or higher, and a cumulative GPA of 2.0.


Sample Courses

  • Organismic Biology
  • Ecology, Genetics and Evolution
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Cancer Biology

Outcomes

Professional Options

Most graduates pursue further studies in professional fields such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, and optometry. Others pursue graduate studies at the master's and doctoral levels. Some are currently working in pharmaceutical and academic research laboratories as research associates.

Grad Schools Attended By Our Alumni

Northwestern University Graduate School, University of Illinois Graduate, Medical and Public Health Schools, DePaul University Graduate School, Vanderbilt University Graduate School, Illinois State University Graduate School, John's Hopkins University College of Education, Harvard University

More Opportunities

Clubs & Activities

Natural Science Club, Pre-professional Club, Pre-dental Club

Testimonials

"Not a day goes by I'm not thankful for everything I was taught at Roosevelt and think about my experiences there quite often.”

Joel Brooks - BS in Biology, Honors Scholar '09
Chief Resident, Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Lancaster, PA