BS with a Major in Biological Sciences—General Biology Concentration

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and departmental degree requirements. The Department of Biological Sciences degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Required Prerequisite and Collateral Courses28
Major Requirements40
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours52
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements. Students should consult the course lists below and their advisors to determine which courses are counted toward the General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline requirements.

Required Prerequisite and Collateral Courses

Required Courses
Select one of the following math courses:4
Calculus for the Life Sciences a,b
Calculus I a,b,c
Introduction to Statistics for the Life Sciences a
Select one of the following sequences in physics:8
Introductory Physics for Life Sciences I b
Introductory Physics for Life Sciences II b
OR
General Physics I (Mechanics) b,c
General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) b,c
Select one of the following sequences in general chemistry:10
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I b
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II b
OR
Matter and Energy d
Foundations of Chemical Inquiry I c,d
Chemical Dynamics d
Foundations of Chemical Inquiry II c,d
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry of Biological Systems3-4
or CHEM 232 Structure and Function
CHEM 233Synthesis Techniques Laboratory2
Total Hours27-28

Major Requirements

Of the 40 semester hours for the major, no more than 11 hours may be at the 100 level. At least 9 hours must be from courses designated as Experimental Techniques and Data Analyses. A minimum of 9 hours should be at the 300 and/or 400 level. No more than 5 hours of BIOS independent study and research may be counted toward the major.

Required Courses
BIOS 110Biology of Cells and Organisms a4
BIOS 120Biology of Populations and Communities a4
BIOS 220Genetics3
BIOS 222Cell Biology3
BIOS 230Evolution and Ecology3
In addition to required courses, students must complete one concentration chosen from General Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Organismal Biology; or Evolution, Ecology, and Environmental Biology.
Concentration in General Biology
Select a minimum of 9 semester hours of course work in Experimental Techniques and Data Analyses, chosen from the following list:9-11
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Genetics Laboratory b
Cell Biology Laboratory
Developmental Biology Laboratory b
Molecular Biology Laboratory b
Embryology Laboratory
General Ecology Laboratory b
Animal Behavior Laboratory b
Microbiology Laboratory b
Introduction to Paleontology
Independent Research b,c
Genomics b
Evolution
Animal Physiological Systems Laboratory b
Introduction to Modern Biostatistics with R b
Additional hours of BIOS elective courses to bring the total to 40 semester hours. 12-14
Total Hours40

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
MATH 180
Calculus I a
or Calculus for the Life Sciences
or Introduction to Statistics for the Life Sciences
4
Select one of the following: 5
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I  
Matter and Energy
and Foundations of Chemical Inquiry I b
 
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Select one of the following: 5
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II  
Chemical Dynamics
and Foundations of Chemical Inquiry II b
 
General Education Requirement course 3
BIOS 110
Biology of Cells and Organisms b
or Biology of Populations and Communities
4
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 230
Organic Chemistry of Biological Systems
or Structure and Function
3-4
BIOS 110
Biology of Cells and Organisms b
or Biology of Populations and Communities
4
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course or Elective 3-4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOS 222 Cell Biology 3
BIOS 230 Evolution and Ecology 3
CHEM 233 Synthesis Techniques Laboratory 2
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall Semester
BIOS 220 Genetics 3
BIOS experimental techniques and data analysis selective 2-4
PHYS 131
Introductory Physics for Life Sciences I b
or General Physics I (Mechanics)
4
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
BIOS Experimental Techniques and Data Analyses Selective or BIOS Elective c 2-4
BIOS Experimental Techniques and Data Analyses Selective or BIOS Elective c 2-4
PHYS 132
Introductory Physics for Life Sciences II
or General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism)
4
General Education Requirement course 3
Foreign Language 4
 Hours15-19
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Select 5-9 hours from the following: 5-9
BIOS experimental techniques and data analyses selectives c
 
BIOS Selectives c
 
BIOS Electives c
 
General Education Requirement course 3
Electives 7
 Hours15-19
Spring Semester
Select 5-8 hours from the following: c 5-8
BIOS experimental techniques and data analyses selectives c
 
BIOS Selectives c
 
BIOS Electives c
 
Electives 9
 Hours14-17
 Total Hours120