Biology, BA

Offered in: Chicago | Schaumburg

Biology offers courses in the life sciences designed to teach students biological concepts and principles with emphasis on individual laboratory experiences. The curriculum provides a sound basis for professional training in biology, biotechnology, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health, and teaching, as well as for general science education. Biology and Allied Health majors with strong academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the Roosevelt Scholars Program, the honors curriculum of the university.

See the Allied Health program listing for degree programs leading to clinical licensing for fields such as Medical Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Radiation Therapy Technology.

Requirements

All students majoring in Biology must complete the core sequence (BIOL 201 ORGANISMIC BIOLOGY, BIOL 202 ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND GENETICS, and BIOL 301 CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY), followed by biology electives. The core sequence provides a foundation in biology and the fundamentals of doing science. It also meets the needs of nonmajors who wish to prepare for admission to medical, dental, or veterinary school. Entering biology students with college biology credits may take a biology assessment test which will determine their placement in the core biology courses and which may exempt them from certain core courses.

Note that completion of the core biology sequence also requires the completion of CHEM 201 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I, CHEM 202 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II CHEM 211 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I, andMATH 121 COLLEGE ALGEBRA. Students planning to take the biology or pre-professional core sequence should complete these prerequisites as early in their academic careers as possible and consult with a biology faculty advisor soon after admission to construct an academic plan.

The BA in Biology is an option for students who wish 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 the flexibility for students to fashion a customized undergraduate experience; for example, completing a double-major or multiple minors. On the other hand, 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 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.

Standards

Courses taken for the major must be taken on a letter grade basis.

Requirements

Requirements for the BA degree include 30 credit hours of acceptable credits in biology and at least one 300-level laboratory course beyond BIOL 301 CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. Students must also complete three courses that cover the interface between the sciences and other disciplines, such as history or philosophy, or that concern the connections of science and technology with social, political, or moral issues.

  • Students must complete the final 30 credit hours of their degree at Roosevelt University; off-site allied health courses do not count towards this requirement.
  • At least 20 credit hours in acceptable biology, chemistry, or physics courses must be successfully completed at Roosevelt University; no more than 15 credit hours of acceptable biology courses may be taken completed elsewhere and applied to the BA biology degree.
  • Following enrollment, completion of all remaining biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics course requirements for Biology degrees must be accomplished at Roosevelt University. Under special circumstances, written permission to take required courses elsewhere may be granted by Biology advisors.
  • Courses in biology must have been taken within the last eight years to be accepted for graduation.
  • No more than six credit hours total of independent study (BIOL 395 INDEPENDENT STUDY), (BIOL 392 RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY), and internships (BIOL 391 MEDICAL INTERNSHIP,BIOL 393 VETERINARY INTERNSHIP or BIOL 396 BIOLOGY INTERNSHIP) in biology may be used to fulfill the requirements of the major.
  • Technical and/or clinical courses are not acceptable for transfer credit.
  • AP biology credit with a score of 3.0 or higher may apply toward the major in biology or the general education requirements, after consultation with an advisor.
  • AP chemistry credit with a score of 4 or higher satisfies the requirements for CHEM 201 with lab.
  • At least one biology course with a laboratory above BIOL 301 CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (not including independent research).
  • A grade of C- is the minimal acceptable grade for a course to be applied to the major and the supporting sequence, or to be acceptable as a prerequisite for subsequent courses.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses in the major.
Courses Required for the Biology BA
BIOL 201ORGANISMIC BIOLOGY (with lab)5
BIOL 202ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND GENETICS (with lab)5
BIOL 301CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (with lab)5
CHEM 201GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (with lab)5
CHEM 202GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (with lab)5
CHEM 211ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (with lab)5
MATH 121COLLEGE ALGEBRA3
MATH 217ELEMENTARY STATISTICS3
Electives
Select additional biology electives to bring total to a minimum of 30 semester hours: 130
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOTECHNOLOGY
BIOCHEMISTRY
ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
KINESIOLOGY
DIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION
FUNDAMENTALS OF BEHAVIOR NEUROSCIENCE
QUANTITATIVE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
ECOLOGY
BOTANY
TROPICAL MARINE BIOLOGY
MARINE BIOLOGY
ECOLOGY OF TALLGRASS PRAIRIE
CANCER BIOLOGY
GENERAL GENETICS
MICROBIOLOGY
IMMUNOLOGY
THE BIOLOGY OF AGING
MEDICAL INTERNSHIP
Select three courses from the following: 19-15
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
SOCIAL & CULTURAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE 1500-PRESENT
CALCULUS I
CALCULUS II
MATHEMATICAL MODELING
HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS
CRITICAL THINKING
LOGIC
ETHICS
PHILOSOPHY OF TECHNOLOGY
BUSINESS ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO NON-CALCULUS BASED PHYSICS I
INTRO TO NON-CALCULUS PHYSICS II
RESEARCH METHODS
FUNDAMENTALS OF BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR
THE BODY
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12045
Total Credit Hours120-126
1

Must be selected in consultation with an advisor

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)