Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences has three main objectives:

Biology majors may choose between the general biology or pre-health professions track. In addition, the department offers a minor in biology and a secondary education certification in biology. Biology majors are prepared for advanced studies in graduate or professional schools, or to use their biology training in the workplace after graduation.

Each student majoring in the biological sciences is assigned an advisor in the department. Together the student and advisor plan the program that will best meet the professional goals of the students. Students graduating with a B.S. in biology must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in their biology coursework.

Courses in biology utilize the diverse resources in the Chicago area, including museums, zoological parks, nature preserves and Lake Michigan. Students may take classes that are offered through the Associate Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) consortium. Saint Xavier University is a member of the Reis Biological Station consortium. Membership allows faculty the use of the station for field trips/courses and gives the SXU student access to all summer field courses offered by any of the consortium schools. Additionally, faculty and students have access to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station.

There is a chapter of Beta Beta Beta on campus. This biological national honor society sponsors various events that include blood drives, guest lectures, field trips, social functions and activities to promote general environmental awareness.

Faculty

R. Krohmer, Chair; C. Appelt; W. Buckley; L. Cochran-Stafira; J. Dertien; D. Elmendorf; R. Monzon; S. Raymond; R. Sadleir;  T. Tatum Parker

Policies for Incoming Students

Students wishing to major in biology should have completed high school biology, chemistry and advanced mathematics courses.

Biology majors must achieve an average GPA of 2.0 in all biology courses (BIOL and BIOLB) applied to the major. In addition, no more than two grades of D may be applied to the biology major. The 2.0 GPA average in the biology major does not include support courses (Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics) required for the major.

College-level science courses taken at another institution will be evaluated on an individual basis in consultation with the student.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of one-third of the requirements for the biology major at Saint Xavier.

Biology Major

Students who major in biology select their curriculum from either a general biology or pre-health professions track.

Requirements for B.S. Degree for Biology Major

General Biology Track

Introductory Level (10 credit hours):

Genetic Level (4 credit hours):

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Cellular Level (4/5 credit hours):

OR

System Level (4 credit hours):

Choose one of the following:

Organism Level (4/5 credit hours):

Choose one of the following:

Population/Community Level (4/5 credit hours):

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Support Courses (23/25 credit hours):

 OR 

Electives (at least 12 credit hours):

Senior Capstone (at least 1 credit hour):

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Secondary Education Certificate in Biology

It is possible to become certified as a biology teacher at the secondary education level (6-12 certification) by completing the general biology track and requirements for a secondary education certificate. Biology majors pursuing a secondary education certificate must take BIOL 312 Plant Adaptation and Diversity (4) and BIOL 318 Ecology (5). Students pursuing a secondary education certificate in biology must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their major area of specialization to successfully apply to student teach, and then they must maintain this GPA during all remaining semesters prior to student teaching. Major area of specialization coursework includes all content-area courses used to fulfill major requirements in the program (i.e., BIOL, CHEM , PHYS and MATH courses). Please contact the School of Education for specific details of the certification program.

Pre-Health Professions Track

Biology majors, in consultation with their advisors, may choose courses of study within the pre-health professions track that will prepare them for health care careers. Required coursework for admission into optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, medical, dental and veterinary schools are taken as part of the pre-health profession track. Students should investigate the specific program requirements of the schools to which they will be applying. It is recommended that you speak with an advisor to be sure to complete all courses required for admission.

Introductory Level (10 credit hours):

Genetic Level (4 credit hours):

OR

Cellular Level (4/5 credit hours):

OR

System Level (4 credit hours):

Organism Level (5 credit hours):

Population/Community Level (4/5 credit hours):

Choose one of the following:

Support Courses (23/25 credit hours):

Electives (at least 8 credit hours):

Senior Capstone (at least 1 credit hour):

OR

Requirements for a Biology Minor

The biology minor will consist of BIOL 111 and 112, plus four additional courses in biology at the 200-level or above. Of these four courses, at least three must have a laboratory component. At least one-half of the credit hours used to fulfill the minor must be completed at Saint Xavier University.

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