Baccalaureate biological science programs are diverse. Some programs emphasize cell
and molecular biology, whereas others emphasize organismal, ecological and evolutionary
biology. Research universities offer specific programs of study, optional tracks
or specialization's within biology. Students should decide the direction or specialization
within the Biological Sciences major as early as possible, preferably by the beginning
of the sophomore year. Community and junior college students are strongly encouraged
to complete an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree prior to transfer. The advice
of both community college and university biology faculty members is encouraged prior
to selection of biology elective courses. To transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate
biological sciences program, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits,
including all of the prerequisite science courses listed. For maximum transferability,
students are encouraged to complete all general education, supporting science, and
biology core courses listed.
Students are advised to complete the entire 2- or 3 course introductory biological
sciences sequence at one school before transferring. Student who complete only one
course may have to repeat that course, since material may be arranged differently
by another institution.
The following list of courses is designed for you if you choose to begin
your college career at 1 Illinois school and later transfer to another,
and if you want to make sure that the courses you take will count towards
adegree at the new school. General education courses recommended for teacher
certification are indicated.
Be sure to consult the institution you plan on transferring to for course articulations.
Updated: September 28, 2010
The major panel courses recommended will be accepted as credit toward the major at the receiving institutions listed.
Credit will either be accepted as a course equivalent or be counted as elective credit toward fulfilling the requirements of the major.
- Once a transfer institution is chosen, students should consult the appropriate transfer guide as soon as possible for guidance on the most successful transfer path .Click here to view other Articulation Agreements..
- Note that if the receiving institution does not offer the course or does not offer it at the lower-division level, the student will receive elective lower-division major credit for the course but may be required to take the course at the upper division level.
- Receiving institutions may still require additional lower division courses to satisfy the major requirements, but students transferring should be able to complete the remaining courses in the same time that a native student can be reasonably expected to do so.
- Approval of this list of recommended courses does not guarantee that the student will be admitted to the receiving institution or to that major.
The following institutions have agreed to the major courses listed below:
| PART I: Biological IAI Major Recommendations
||16-25 semester credits
|Biological Sciences Core Course
|| 8-10 semester credits
| BIO 910 - Introduction to Biological Sciences
||(8-10 semester credits)
The first course in the BIO 910 sequence also fulfills the Illinois Transferable General Education
Core Curriculum (IAI GECC) Life Sciences requirement. Biological Sciences
Core Courses may be taken in reverse order since some schools offer the
cellular and molecular emphasis in the first biology course for the major
and organismal biology in the second. To guarantee credit students must
complete the entire course sequence at the same school before transfer.
|Supporting Science Courses
|| 10-15 semester credits
|CHM 912 - Chemistry II
||(4-5 semester credits)
|Take 2 required courses in organic chemistry:
| CHM 913 - Organic Chemistry I
||(3-5 semester credits)
|CHM 914 - Organic Chemistry II
||(3-5 semester credits)
|Biological Sciences Recommendations or Other Elective Courses
||3-10 semester credits
Students selecting further coursework
in biology should consult an advisor. Field courses in biology/botany
and comparative vertebrate anatomy are biology electives that offer reasonable
probability of transfer, in the major, depending upon the student's choice
of biology specialization and the baccalaureate school. Courses such as
microbiology and human anatomy and physiology sometimes will transfer
for credit in allied health majors, but most often do not transfer as
biology major credit.
It is recommended to be successful in the major at a senior institution
that students seeking a major in Biology, take the following classes in
the IAI GECC: BIO 910 - Biology as Life Sciences with Lab, CHEM 911 Chemistry
I as Physical Scienced with Lab, and M1 900-1 General Education Calculus
as Math GECC requirement (see plan above)
| PART II: Biological Sciences IAI GECC Recommendations
||Minimum 37 semester credits