Bachelor of Science in Biology

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The undergraduate biology degree at Illinois Institute of Technology provides excellent preparation for the health professions, including medicine, osteopathic medicine, and dentistry. In addition, the rigorous program prepares graduates for careers in biotechnology, biochemistry, patent law, and environmental science. Graduates are also prepared for immediate entry into positions in industrial, medical, and other research laboratories and for graduate programs in biotechnology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.

The objectives of the university’s biology major are to give students strong training in the areas of modern cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, and physiology, supported by a solid foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences. In addition, the biology major is designed to give students broad opportunities to study advanced topics in biology, both in the classroom and by participating in undergraduate research projects.

Required Courses

Biology Requirements (34)
BIOL 100Introduction to the Profession2
BIOL 107General Biology Lectures3
BIOL 109General Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 115Human Biology3
BIOL 117Human Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 210Microbiology3
BIOL 214Genetics3
BIOL 225Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 401Introductory Biochemistry3
BIOL 402Metabolic Biochemistry3
BIOL 430Human Physiology3
BIOL 445Cell Biology3
BIOL 451Biological Literature2
BIOL 495Biology Colloquium1
BIOL 495Biology Colloquium1
Senior Biology Laboratory Requirements (6)
Select two courses from the following:6
Biochemistry Laboratory3
Animal Physiology Laboratory3
Cell Biology Laboratory3
Biology Research Project3
Biology Electives (12)
Select 12 credit hours12
Mathematics Requirements (13)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 425Statistical Methods3
Chemistry Requirements (18)
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
CHEM 125Principles of Chemistry II with Laboratory4
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 239Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 247Analytical Chemistry3
Physics Requirements (11)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 224General Physics III for Engineers3
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 105Introduction to Computer Programming2
or CS 110 Computing Principles
Interprofessional Projects (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Free Elective (3)
Select 3 credit hours3
Total Credit Hours126

Bachelor of Science in Biology with Secondary Education Teaching Certification

Many students will be interested in education with a strong math and science-based curriculum, especially with a growing need for science educators nationwide. Students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree and a teaching certification through the Department of Mathematics and Science Education.

Students may substitute 12 credit hours of biology electives, 1 credit hour of biology colloquium, and 3 credit hours of free electives with MSED courses. Also, students may substitute BIOL 403 for BIOL 401 and BIOL 402.

MSED 450 is an internship and must be taken full time with no other contemporaneous courses, resulting in tight course scheduling. Students are advised to indicate their interest as soon as possible and seek advising specific to this program from both the Department of Biology and the Department of Mathematics and Science Education.

Students must take the following to qualify for teaching certification:

MSED 200Analysis of Classrooms3
MSED 250Middle and Secondary Curriculum/Foundations3
MSED 300Instructional Methods/Strategies I3
MSED 320Inquiry and Problem Solving in Mathematics and Science3
MSED 350Advanced Methods for Inclusive Instruction and Practicum3
MSED 400Instructional Methods/Strategies II3
MSED 450Professional Internship6
Total Credit Hours24

Bachelor of Science in Biology Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 1002BIOL 1153
BIOL 1073BIOL 1171
BIOL 1091CHEM 1254
CHEM 1244MATH 1525
MATH 1515Humanities 200-level Course3
 15 16
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 2143BIOL 2103
CHEM 2374BIOL 2252
PHYS 1234CHEM 2393
Social Sciences Elective3PHYS 2214
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Humanities Elective (300+)3
 17 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 4013BIOL 4023
Senior Biology Laboratory Elective13BIOL 4303
CHEM 2473IPRO Elective I3
PHYS 2243CS 105 or 1102
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3MATH 4253
 Humanities Elective (300+)3
 15 17
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 4453BIOL 4512
BIOL 4951BIOL 4951
Senior Biology Laboratory Elective13IPRO Elective II3
Biology Elective3Biology Elective3
Biology Elective3Biology Elective3
Free Elective3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 16 15
Total Credit Hours: 126

 Choose from the following courses: BIOL 404, BIOL 431BIOL 446, or BIOL 491.