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Biology Major

Program Overview

The biology major is designed to give you a broad undergraduate foundation in the life sciences. The courses are focused around three major areas: the central dogma of biology, the complexity of the human machine and biochemistry. Knowledge and technical skills from these disciplines will allow you to adapt and specialize in the ever-changing fields that require an understanding of living systems. Most students who take this path are interested in, but not limited to, medicine, graduate studies or teaching.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

From Replication to Translation, the relationship of DNA to cellular behavior is the focus of this concentration. Since the cell is the smallest independent unit of life, any pursuit in the life sciences should include an understanding of these central concepts. Although most of the material covered in this concentration is microscopic, the applications of these concepts are universally applied to all life.

Courses in this Concentration

Concentration Overview

How does the human machine work? Anatomy, physiology, and microbes define our existence from birth to death, the material in this course is useful for any owner of the human body. If you want to learn how to maximize your quality of life, then the Human Biology concentration could prove invaluable.

Concentration Overview

The Biochemistry concentration is centered on Organic Chemistry. It begins with an overview of metabolism in General Biology II and culminates with a deep dive into biological chemical pathways in the Biochemistry course. If you are interested in pharmacy or pharmacology, key concepts at the junction of biology and chemistry are covered here.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Career Opportunities

The majority of graduates with a Biology degree pursue careers in one of three paths: Medicine, Research or Education. Within the medical field are a myriad of possibilities from Abdominal Surgeon to X-ray technician. The number of possibilities is daunting.

Many of our recent graduates have chosen traditional routes like Physician Assistant, Physical Therapist, Dentist or M.D., however there has been an increase in interest in areas such as Public Health and Medical Illustration. The need for scientifically trained educators is ever present. Recent research minded graduates have found positions at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Ohio State University and San Francisco State University.

Program Outcomes

Outcomes for the Biology major are centered on three main aspects of science:
  • Content Knowledge
  • Technical Proficiency
  • Ability to communicate ideas using appropriate formats and technical language

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone
Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.


Daniel P. Meer

Chair - Natural Sciences|Faculty - Biology

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(414) 410-4137