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Bachelor of Science in Biology


The undergraduate Biology degree at IIT provides excellent preparation for the health professions including medicine, osteopathic medicine, and dental schools. In addition, the rigorous interdisciplinary program prepares graduates for careers in biotechnology, biochemistry and patent law, and environmental science.

Graduates are also prepared for immediate entry into positions in industrial, medical and other research laboratories and for graduate programs in biotechnology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.

The objectives of IIT's Biology major are to give students strong training in the areas of modern cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, and physiology, supported by a solid foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences. In addition, the Biology major is designed to give students broad opportunities to study advanced topics in biology, both in the classroom and by participating in undergraduate research projects.

Program Requirements 

Required Courses

BIOL 100 Introduction to the Profession 2 Credits
BIOL 107 General Biology 3 Credits
BIOL 109 General Biology Laboratory 1 Credit
BIOL 115 Human Biology 3 Credits
BIOL 117 Experimental Biology Laboratory 1 Credit
BIOL 210 Microbiology 3 Credits
BIOL 214 Genetics 3 Credits
BIOL 225 Microbiology Laboratory 2 Credits
BIOL 320 Literature in Biology 2 Credits
BIOL 401 Introductory Biochemistry 3 Credits
BIOL 402 Metabolic Biochemistry 3 Credits
BIOL 404 Biochemistry Laboratory 3 Credits
BIOL 430 Animal Physiology 3 Credits
BIOL 445 Cell Biology 3 Credits
BIOL 446 Cell Biology Laboratory 3 Credits
BIOL 495 Biology Colloquium (2 Semesters) 2 Credits
  Biology Electives 12 Credits
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II 4 Credits
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II 3 Credits
CHEM 247 Analytical Chemistry 3 Credits
PHYS 123 General Physics I 4 Credits
PHYS 221 General Physics II 4 Credits
PHYS 224 General Physics III 3 Credits
MATH 151 Calculus I 5 Credits
MATH 152 Calculus II 5 Credits
General Education    
IPRO 497 InterProfessional Project (2 Semesters) 6 Credits
CS 105 Intro to Computer Programming I 2 Credits
  Humanities and Social Science 21 Credits
  Free Electives 6 Credits
    126 Total Credits