The mission of the Biology program (major and minor) is to prepare students to pursue careers in research, teaching, industry or health care by providing an education in the fundamental concepts, knowledge and laboratory/field techniques and skills of the life sciences. The faculty of the Department of Natural Sciences is dedicated to providing students with an academically challenging and technically innovative curriculum that helps foster a spirit of investigation and analytical thought, and an appreciation for the earth and all living things in accordance with the Franciscan tradition.

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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
●  Tuition/Semester: $14,422 (2017-18)
●  Tuition/Year: $28,844 (2017-18)

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The Biology program (major and minor) prepares students in the following areas:

Content: Students will have a broad background in the fundamental concepts of their specific discipline.

Technical proficiencies:  Students will develop knowledge and experiences in the basic methods, instrumentation and quantitative analytical skills used to conduct scientific research.

Communication:  Students will be able to communicate with professional and lay audiences about their specific discipline.  This includes the ability to coherently communicate in both oral and written form using discipline-specific formats as appropriate for professional audiences.

Critical thinking: Students will demonstrate a foundation in the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and critical analysis of data. Students will be able to interpret research reports and journal articles and to analyze and draw conclusions from data. They will have the ability to design a useful, workable experiment to address a discipline-specific question.

Students who are interested in pursuing degrees in professional schools and colleges, such as medical, veterinary, pharmacy, etc., will often major in biology.  Stritch also offers a three-year pre-professional certificate program that satisfies the academic entrance requirements for most of these schools. See the “Pre-Professional Certificate” program page for more information.”

Biology courses that fulfill the University’s basic core requirements: BL 103, 105, 106, 111, 112, 120.

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).

Biology Major: 37 credits (plus an additional 22 auxiliary credits)
Required courses for major: 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 for major: CH 113, 114, 201, 202, 211, 212 and two courses in mathematics
Biology Minor: 20-24 credits (plus an additional 22 auxiliary credits)
Required courses for minor: BL 105, 106, 306, 308 plus two additional courses from the following:  BL 202, 207, 307, 403, 405, either 401 or 410.
Required auxiliary courses for minor: CH 113, 114, 201, 202, 211, 212
Biotechnology Minor: 27-28 credits (plus an additional 22 auxiliary credits)
Required courses for biotechnology minor:  BL 105, 106, 205, 206, 209, 302, 306, 308; CH 302
Required auxiliary courses for biotechnology minor:  CH 113, 114, 201, 202, 211, 212 and two courses in mathematics - one must be college level algebra or higher.
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.

Note: Auxiliary courses are those required courses which do not have the major department designation and are therefore not reflected in the number of department credits required for the major or minor. However, auxiliary courses may be used for other degree requirements, such as for general education (core) or elective requirements.
Requirements for Teacher Licensure
The courses required for the Biology major as listed above constitute the biology course sequence approved by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for licensure of secondary teachers of biology. Students preparing to teach at the secondary level must meet all curricular standards set by the DPI. In addition to the sciences and mathematics, all required courses in the education sequence in preparation for teaching at the secondary level must be completed. Please refer to the Education Department guidelines for further information.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

• Complete the Admissions Application
• Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.
• Request Transcripts
• Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.
• Send ACT or SAT Scores
• Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.

Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

• Complete the Admissions Application 
• Submit the  admissions application which is free to complete online.
• Request Transcripts
• Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. 

Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students locate all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

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