Biology

Students identified as biological science majors take two years of basic work, followed by a major in a specific area of interest. Many occupations depend on an interest in and an aptitude for life science, including: forester, biochemist, biologist, fish and wildlife service, zoologist, botanist, ecologist, oceanographer, teacher, pharmacologist, etc. Biology majors are usually interested in the study of organisms and life functions, and have a great interest in the natural world. Topics pursued range from subcellular particles to vast populations. Since each living organism is part of a larger interacting system, biology is intertwined with other important fields of study. Knowledge of biology is centered on understanding much of the world and life around us.

Degree

Associate in Science (Transfer Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II   3
COMM 110
or
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY 
or
3
COMM 212 PUBLIC SPEAKING  3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 6
MATH 222 CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I  5
MATH 223
or
CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II 
or
4
MATH 211 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS  4
BIOL 160 BIOPRINCIPLES I  4
BIOL 161 BIOPRINCIPLES II  4
CHEM 130 GENERAL CHEMISTRY  4
HUMANITIES * 3
FINE ARTS * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CHEM 132 GENERAL CHEMISTRY  4
CHEM 220 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY  5
PHYS 120 GENERAL PHYSICS  5
PHYS 121 GENERAL PHYSICS  5

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CHEM 230 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY  4

* See specific requirements for Associate in Science degree.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1BIOL 160; CHEM 130; MATH 222; ENGL 110
Spring Semester 1BIOL 161; CHEM 132; MATH 223 or MATH 211; ENGL 111
Fall Semester 2CHEM 220; PHYS 120; COMM 110 or COMM 212; Social Science
Spring Semester 2CHEM 230; PHYS 121; Social Science; Fine Arts; Humanities

Program Contact Information

Math, Science and Engineering Department
Room 320B
(309) 694-5365

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training