Employment of biological scientists is projected to grow 21 percent over the decade from 2008 - 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 40 percent of all biological scientists are employed by federal, state and local governments. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition"

Developing Expertise

Biology, the study of life, serves as the basic science for such areas as medicine, agriculture and environmental studies. At Governors State University, you receive a strong background in the basic concepts of molecular, organismic and population biology. In addition, laboratory courses give you the training you need for highly developed laboratory skills.

Ideal Environment

GSU is uniquely located where urban and rural areas meet, allowing you to explore a diverse range of complex environments. GSU's outstanding and engaged faculty combines real-world field experience with the latest research and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.

You may intern at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Preserve District of Will County, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Brookfield Zoo or Argonne National Laboratory.

Outstanding Preparation

GSU combines the latest technology with innovative teaching methods to prepare you for rewarding careers in such areas as pharmaceuticals, genetic engineering, education, microbiology and the environment. You are also prepared for advanced medical, dental and veterinary studies as well as graduate level work in biology.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

Applicants must meet the university admissions requirements. For a listing of recommended course work, please see GSU transfer guides.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree.

In addition, only grades of C or better will be accepted for transfer for the following courses normally taken at the lower-division level: 8 hours of general biology with laboratory, 3 hours of botany with laboratory, 3 hours of zoology with laboratory, 8 hours of general chemistry with laboratory, 8 hours of organic chemistry with laboratory and college algebra.

I.  General Education Requirement (38-41 Hours)

The following courses must be taken to meet major and general education requirements:

General Biology I with Laboratory (4)

General Chemistry I with Laboratory (4)

MATH 2281  Applied Calculus (3)

II.  Required Courses (63 Hours)

The following courses must be taken at the lower-division level:

General Biology II with Laboratory (4)

General Chemistry II with Laboratory (4)

The following courses can be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level:

Botany with Laboratory (3)

Zoology with Laboratory (3)

Organic Chemistry with Laboratory (8)

BIOL 3360  Comparative Anatomy (3)

BIOL 3361  Comparative Anatomy Laboratory (1)

BIOL 4430  Microbiology (3)

BIOL 4431  Microbiology Laboratory (1)

PHYS 3141 Intermediate Physics I (3)

PHYS 3142 Intermediate Physics I Laboratory (1)

PHYS 3143 Intermediate Physics II (3)

PHYS 3144 Intermediate Physics II Laboratory (1)

The following courses must be taken at the upper-division level:

BIOL 3322 Ecology (3)

BIOL 3323 Ecology Laboratory (1)

BIOL 3340 Genetics (3)

BIOL 3370 Cell Biology (3)

BIOL 3371 Cell Biology Laboratory (1)

BIOL 4450 Animal Physiology (3)

BIOL 4451 Animal Physiology Laboratory (1)

BIOL 4460 Plant Physiology (3)

BIOL 4461 Plant Physiology Laboratory (1)

BIOL 4465 Evolution (3)

BIOL 4990 Undergraduate Research I (1)

BIOL 4992 Undergraduate Research II (1)

STAT 4219 Statistical Methods (3)

III.  Computer Science Selective (3 Hours)

Select one of the following, which may be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level:

CPSC 2005 Introduction to Computer Technology (3)

CPSC 3120 Computer Program: Visual BASIC (3)

IV.  Upper-Division Applications Selectives (9 Hours)

Select 9 hours from the following courses:

BIOL 4510   Biological Literature (1)

BIOL 4522   Ornithology (1)

BIOL 4523   Ornithology Laboratory (2)

BIOL 4530   Biotechnology (2)

BIOL 4531   Biotechnology Laboratory (1)

BIOL 4555   Mammalogy (2)

BIOL 4556   Mammalogy Laboratory (1)

BIOL 4560   Plant Systematics (2)

BIOL 4561   Plant Systematics Laboratory (1)

BIOL 4570   Immunology (3)

BIOL 4580   Behavioral Ecology (3)

Other biology courses as approved by the academic advisor.

V.  Electives (7 Hours)

May include credit hours needed to meet minor requirements. Additional courses such as analytical chemistry (CHEM3233/3234) and biochemistry (CHEM5331/5332) are strongly recommended. Either of these courses will complete a minor in chemistry.

VI.  Total - 120 Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.