Bachelor of Arts in Biology

The major objectives of the Biology Department are to provide a basis for a liberal arts education and to prepare students to pursue careers in research, teaching, industry or medicine. Since biology is interconnected with mathematics and the physical sciences, biology majors are encouraged to take additional math, chemistry and physics courses beyond the required minimum. Students preparing for graduate school or a career in industry or research are encouraged to take Analytical Chemistry (CH 307), Biochemistry (CH302), General Physics (PY 201, 202) and Mathematics through Calculus (MT 210/211).

Degree Requirements

Program Credits37
Required Courses

BL 105, 106, 202, 203, 207, 306, 307, 308, 403, 405. Additional required courses depending on focus:  Research focus requires students take BL 402, 406 and 407.  Pre-professional focus requires students take BL 410 and 411.  Teaching focus requires students take BL 401 plus student teach.

Required Auxiliary Courses

22 auxiliary credits: CH 113, 114, 201, 202, 211, 212; two courses in mathematics.


Additional Information

A minimum of a “C” (2.0) is required for each course in the Biology major or minor. This includes the auxiliary courses. A student earning a grade lower than the minimum acceptable grade in any course in the major or minor may repeat the course only once at Stritch. A student who receives a second unsatisfactory grade in any course in the major or minor will be dismissed from the major or minor field.