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 one Illinois school and later transfer to another, and if you want to make sure that the courses you take will count towards a degree 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.
Click here to see how courses at Illinois public 4-year institutions accept courses in transfer for this major.
Check the worksheet
to see what courses you can take to fulfill your general education requirements
The worksheet allows you to see what courses to take to fulfill the IAI Gen. Ed. package (Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum) at any participating college or university in the State. You will find it helpful to use the major recommended general education courses shown above. You may want to print or copy a hard copy of this page.
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