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2021-2022 University Bulletin 
2021-2022 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Biology - B.S.

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Major Requirements:

Required Biology Courses:

Ten biology courses of at least 3 semester hours each and the biology major assessment (BIOL 475).

A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 112 is required for admission to all biology courses numbered 240 or higher.

Additional Requirements:

  • At least seven of the biology 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.
  • Students who major in biology may not also major in natural sciences.
  • 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.
  • All students intending to earn a major in biology are required to complete a comprehensive biology examination in their final semester prior to graduation.  To facilitate the administration of this requirement, all biology students must register for BIOL 475  in their final semester. Students must earn a passing score on the examination to qualify for graduation with a biology major.

Optional Concentrations

Students may choose to complete one of the following concentrations as part of the biology major:

Molecular/Cellular Biology

Students must complete both 

Advanced biology electives must include:

and two of the following courses:

Students are also required to complete 1 or 2 credit hours of research through completion of the appropriate level of an Independent Undergraduate Research or Creative Investigation course or through course intensification in one of the courses listed above.

Additional Information:

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.

Independent Research

Advanced students are encouraged to do original research either at Dominican or at neighboring institutions. Hours are arranged after consultation with individual faculty members.


Biology Education

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.

Biology Requirements

  • 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

  • Professional portfolio

  • 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.

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