Academic Programs

Programs and Scholarships

Bachelor of Science Biology
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.   

Bachelor of Science Health Sciences
If you are interested in a career related to health care and want a  challenging yet flexible academic preparation, this may be the appropriate major for you. The program offers a curriculum that includes a strong foundation in the physical and life sciences as well as a significant liberal arts core. This curriculum is designed to give you the content area knowledge and the quantitative problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills required of those working in health care. This major helps prepare you for application to many health-related professional programs, including physical/occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, chiropractic and veterinary medicine, as well as related graduate programs. Before applying to these professional programs, you are encouraged to choose a practicum experience where you will spend a semester working directly with professionals in the health career field in which you intend to work.

Pre-Nursing 
The pre-nursing area of study is compatible with four-year baccalaureate degree programs that call for the completion of general academic requirements in the  first two years and concentration on nursing courses in the last two years.  Students wishing to transfer into a four-year nursing program must fulfill  certain basic requirements, especially in the sciences. Because professional nursing involves dealing with people under stress, a balanced program in the humanities and social sciences is necessary for developing effective communication skills.

Students should make choices that meet the transfer requirements of the program  of study that they plan to pursue.

The  pre-nursing area of study is compatible with four-year baccalaureate degree programs that call for the completion of general academic requirements in the  first two years and concentration on nursing courses in the last two years.  Students wishing to transfer into a four-year nursing program must fulfill certain basic requirements, especially in the sciences.

Because professional nursing involves dealing with people under stress, a  balanced program in the humanities and social sciences is necessary for developing effective communication skills.

Students should make choices that meet the transfer requirements of the program  of study that they plan to pursue.         

Prerequisites
High school studies should include:           

  • 2  years of algebra
  • 2  years of biology
  • 1  year of chemistry  

Requirements:
All  students must complete the requirements for each transfer institution

  • NUTR  100 – Impact of Nutrition;
  • BIOL  216, BIOL 217 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II;
  • BIOL  208 – Microbiology;
  • CHEM  105 – Introductory Chemistry;
  • PSYC  – General Psychology;
  • PSYC  201 – Growth and Development; and
  • SOCL  100 – Introduction to Sociology         

Recommended  Additional Courses:
CHEM 106- Survey of Organic Chemistry-check with transfer institution for specific requirement
HLSC 101 – Medical Terminology'      

Admission  Requirements
Applicants  who meet the admission criteria and core performance standards are accepted  into the program without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,  ancestry, age, marital status, handicap or veteran status on a space available  basis throughout the year. Applicants are expected to exemplify good character enabling them to actively seek the moral, intellectual and professional growth  described in the mission statement of the college. Students are encouraged to  recognize that submission of minimum acceptance requirements does not guarantee  acceptance into the program. While applications are accepted throughout the  year, on a rolling basis, applicants are encouraged to apply early due to the competitiveness of acceptance. Applications requiring special consideration  will be submitted to the college Student Affairs Committee for review.       

Criteria  for Provisional Acceptance 
Applications for provisional acceptance are accepted from high school seniors/graduates as well as persons actively pursuing the required lower division  credits. Consideration for provisional acceptance is based on the following  requirements:     

Early Admit High School Seniors            

  1. Completed application accompanied by a $60.00 nonrefundable application fee.     
  2. Submission of a legal document showing proof of name at time of application (certified birth certificate, marriage license, divorce decree, etc.)
  3. Submission of an official transcript from a State Board of Education approved high school indicating completion of seven semesters of high school and the following requirements:
    • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0/4.0.
    • Rank in the upper half of high school class.
    • 500 each section of the SAT or a composite score of 22 or better on the ACT. (The school code for ACT is 1167.) If applicable, Illinois resident’s official transcripts should include Prairie State Achievement scores. Minimum grade of C in all courses taken. 
    • Completion of the following required courses with the college prep track: 4 years of English, 3 years of Social Studies, 3 years of Mathematics, 3 years of Lab Science and 2 years of electives.
  4.  Application deadline is September 1, following graduation from high school.
  5.  Applicant will be required to submit proof of graduation from a high school approved by a State Board of Education via an official transcript before provisional acceptance can be granted.
  6. Applicants will be required to submit an official transcript after completion of two and three semesters of college course credit from a regionally accredited college. Official transcripts must come from the granting institution directly to St. John’s College. Hand carried transcripts are not acceptable. No designated lower division course may be repeated more than once. 
  7. All applicants with English as a Second Language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of 550 on the paper      
    based version or 213 on the computer based version. Applicants are also required to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and achieve a minimum score of 50.

General  Admission 
(after 30 hours of designated lower division transferable college credit)

  1. Completed application accompanied by a $60.00 nonrefundable application fee. A late fee, $50.00, will apply to applicants applying after March 1 of the year of enrollment for a total of $110.00. 
  2. Submission of a legal document showing proof of name at time of application (certified birth certificate, marriage license, divorce decree, etc.)
  3. Submission of official transcripts at the end of each term from all regionally accreated college(s) attended showing:
    • A minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of designated lower division transferable college credit with a cumulative GPA of 2.50/4.0. 
    • A minimum grade of C in all required science courses completed within the last five years prior to enrollment in St. John’s College.
    • No designated lower division course may be repeated more than once. Official transcripts must come from the granting institution directly to St. John’s College. Hand carried transcripts are not acceptable.
  4. Good academic standing in the last institution attended.
  5. Proof of graduation from a high school approved by the State Board of Education via an official transcript or possession of a high school equivalency certificate verified by an official GED score report. Official transcripts should include ACT, SAT, if taken, and for Illinois residents, the Prairie State Achievement scores or score reports should be sent to the college.
  6. All applicants with English as a Second Language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of 550 on the paper based version or 213 on the computer based version. Applicants are also required to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and achieve a minimum score of 50.

There are different versions of the TEAS test; register for the TEAS V version. 

Criteria  for Final Acceptance
To  receive final acceptance and permission to enroll in classes, the student must achieve and maintain all provisional acceptance requirements whether as an Early Admit or General Admission applicant required by St. John’s College and:

  1. Submit official transcripts showing proof of completion of the sixty (60) semester hours of designated lower division transfer credits from a regionally accredited university or college which meet the following requirements: 
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.50/40. 
    • No designated lower division course may be repeated more than once. 
    • All science courses completed with a minimum grade of C within the last five years prior to enrollment in St. John’s College. 
    •  Required intersession courses (Nsg 202 and 204) completed at St. John’s College with a minimum grade of C on the first attempt.
    • Good academic standing at the last institution attended.
  2. Two professional references.
  3. Completion of a pre-entrance health examination
  4.  Personal interview as requested by the college
  5. Criminal background check with no disqualifying conditions         

All persons  provisionally accepted must meet the criteria for final admission before being  enrolled in the college.         

Scholarships/Awards

Benedictine University Science Scholarship

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Currently enrolled in a Health Science or Biology Program and declared a Health Science or Biology major.
  2. The  scholarship is based upon the highest grade point average after the third  semester at  Benedictine University at Springfield(BUS).  In case of a tie, the Natural Science Division will make the  decision for the awarding the scholarship.
  3. The scholarship is for tuition during the junior year at BUS. This does not include fees, services or room and board.
  4. This  scholarship is renewable for the senior Year.   A 3.5 cumulative GPA must be maintained at Benedictine University at Springfield.              

Sister Beata Knoedler,  O.S.U. Scholarship
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