Jul 20, 2017
Required Biology Courses:
Ten biology courses of at least 3 semester hours each.
A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 112 is required for admission to all biology courses numbered 240 or higher.
Additional Required Courses:
Complete the following collateral courses as part of the biology major:
At least seven of the courses must have a laboratory, and no more than 4 credit hours may be in independent research.
A minimum of five courses in biology must be completed at Dominican.
A minimum grade of C- must be earned in all courses required for the major.
Interested freshmen and transfer students should consult with the department for placement information prior to registration.
Upon completion of a biology course in residence with a minimum grade of C-, the student should have a major application signed by a member of the department, who will then serve as his or her advisor.
The following collateral courses are recommended for those intending to attend graduate or professional school:
Majors in biology earn the Bachelor of Science degree.
Cooperative Biology Courses at the Morton Arboretum and the Shedd Aquarium
As part of its participation in the program of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area, Dominican University offers credit for cooperative courses given in selected biological topics at the Morton Arboretum and at the Shedd Aquarium as well as for cooperative seminar courses in advanced topics in biology. These courses are often taught by guest lecturers who are experts in the subject. Because the cooperative course topics vary from year to year, interested students should consult the biology faculty for course and registration information.
Advanced students are encouraged to do original research either at Dominican or at neighboring institutions. Hours are arranged after consultation with individual faculty members.
Teacher Licensure: Secondary Education
Students who wish to teach biology in grades 9 through 12 complete a major in biology and they complete the School of Education’s Teacher Education Program for secondary licensure.
- Students complete the biology major as described above
Teacher Education Program
Three state tests: the Test of Academic Proficiency, the Elementary/Middle Grades content test, and the grades K-9 Assessment of Professional Teaching
100 hours of field experience
- Clinical Practice (one full semester) in a middle or secondary school classroom
For more information about 6-12 licensure, see the School of Education section of this bulletin.
Teacher Licensure: Elementary Education
Biology majors who are interested in elementary education should consult with the elementary licensure advisor in the School of Education.