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The Department of Biological Sciences provides courses for both biology majors and non-majors. The core program for the BA major consists of seven lecture/laboratory courses which provide a strong foundation in biology. Beyond the core program, students take three additional majors-level biology courses, guided by their interests. There are a number of opportunities for learning outside the classroom, including a program of seminars, internships, and opportunities for research with a member of the faculty. Students are encouraged to use their open electives to complete coursework required for graduate or professional programs or to pursue minors in fields that will complement their training in biology.

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Liberal Studies Requirements 80
Major Requirements 56
Open Electives 56
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes

 

Students will be able to:

  • Distinguish among the diversity of fields and approaches within Biology.
  • Describe the relationships among Biology and other scientific and social disciplines.
  • Describe how the scientific process is used to identify and resolve testable questions.
  • Critically analyze and interpret the biological scientific literature.
  • Effectively communicate scientific information to diverse audiences in both written and oral form.

College Core Requirements

Modern Language Requirements

Students who intend to graduate with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. Such competence may be demonstrated in one of several ways:

  • completing the last course in the fourth-year high school sequence of any language
  • completing the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language
  • completing a college course beyond the first-year level in any language
  • achieving a satisfactory score on any of the Modern Language placement examinations administered at DePaul
  • achieving a satisfactory rating in a proficiency examination accepted by DePaul
  • achieving a score of 3 or higher on the Advance Placement (AP) test for any language
  • achieving a score of 5 or higher in the Language B assessment from a Standard or Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) program
  • achieving a satisfactory score on the CLEP examination

Please note: Modern Languages courses with an E-designation are taught in English and may not be applied to the Modern Language Requirement.

For further information regarding satisfactory scores and possible credit from the DePaul placement, AP, CLEP, or IB examinations, please contact Student Records.

Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College of Science and Health will abide by the College of Science and Health Modern Language Requirement in place on the effective date of the ICT.

BA students who meet College requirements and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” of the Liberal Studies Program. While Bachelor of Science (BS) students are not required to demonstrate competency in a modern language, the “Modern Language Option” is available to them for language study at any level. Modern Languages courses with an E-designation are taught in English and may not be applied to the Modern Language Option.

Major Declaration Requirements

All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. After researching College programs, the student should declare a major field by visiting Campus Connection and using the Declarations and Inter-College Transfer tool. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor or staff advisor in the department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.

To change major fields, or to declare a minor or concentration, the student must use the Declarations and Inter-College Transfer tool described above. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the College or an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.

Liberal Studies Requirements

Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year ProgramHours
Chicago Quarter 4
DISCOVER CHICAGO
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
 
Focal Point  
LSP 112 FOCAL POINT SEMINAR 4
Writing  
WRD 103 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1 4
WRD 104 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1 4
Sophomore Year
Multiculturalism in the US  
LSP 200 SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES 4
Junior Year
Experiential Learning  
Required 4
Senior Year
Capstone  
BIO 395 BIOLOGY CAPSTONE SEMINAR 1, 2 4

Learning Domains

Arts and Literature (AL)

  • 3 Courses Required

Historical Inquiry (HI)

  • 2 Courses Required

Math and Computing (MC)

  • 1 Course Required
    [1 CR Course]

Philosophical Inquiry (PI)

  • 2 Courses Required

Religious Dimensions (RD)

  • 2 Courses Required

Scientific Inquiry (SI)

  • Not Required​​

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI)

  • 3 Courses Required

Notes

Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.

In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy would apply only to those students in pursuit of a BA or BS degree, and not to those who are double majors or earning BFA or BM degrees.

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Biology Core Requirements

Course Title Quarter Hours
BIO 191GENERAL BIOLOGY I FOR SCIENCE MAJORS4
BIO 192GENERAL BIOLOGY II FOR SCIENCE MAJORS4
BIO 193GENERAL BIOLOGY III FOR SCIENCE MAJORS4
BIO 206BIOSTATISTICS4
BIO 215ECOLOGY4
or BIO 235 EVOLUTION
BIO 250CELL BIOLOGY4
BIO 307ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY4
or BIO 308 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
or BIO 309 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

Chemistry

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following:4-6
GENERAL CHEMISTRY IP
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
Select one of the following4-6
GENERAL CHEMISTRY IIP
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
CHE 134
CHE 135
GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
4

Biology Majors-level Electives

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select three additional majors-level biology courses, two of which must be 300 level 112

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.