Academic Programs

Biology

Why study biology at Benedictine University at Springfield?

Biology encompasses the study of living organisms and is therefore a very broad-based discipline with many potential areas of specialization. Working in this field can include: exploring the structure and function of molecules; better understanding the remarkable interaction of plants and animals with their environment; studying animal classification and behavior; and researching toxicology and the identification of natural compounds that could lead to new medicines. Biologists use physical sciences and mathematics as tools in their studies, and routinely collaborate and communicate with others. Communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively are important to a biologist’s success.

What does the biology major consist of?

  • Biology - Introduction to Cell Biology with lab (4 semester hours) and Biological Organisms and Ecology with lab (4 semester-hours
  • Chemistry - two semesters of General Chemistry with lab (8 credit hours) and two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab (8 semester-hours)
  • Biochemistry - one semester of Biochemistry (3 semester-hours)
  • Physics - two semesters of College Physics with lab (8 semester-hours)
  • Math - Statistics (3 semester-hours) and Calculus I (5 semester-hours)
  • Upper-level biology - 30 semester-hours of specified and approved elective Biology courses including at least 9 total hours of 300-level course

Total of 120 semester-hours are required to graduate – Minimum of 73 semester-hours of this total are required within this major, all of which must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher

What careers are available with a Bachelor of Science in Biology?

While building on a strong liberal arts core, students will complete a sequence of biology (and select physical science and math) courses that will prepare them for work in related fields, a teaching career, or to continue their education in graduate or professional programs. Students will have opportunities to participate in research and/or work as teaching assistants with faculty while in this program, and may consider summer research experiences at private companies or larger research universities. With a focus on small class sizes, our students will work directly with professional advisors and with faculty who teach both the lecture and lab sections of their courses.