Biology

At AU, our Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Biology are designed to provide a strong foundation in different aspects of science through rigorous courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. You’ll work one-on-one with our experienced, dedicated faculty, who personally teach all of your lecture and laboratory courses. And, you’ll have opportunities to conduct student-driven research with your professors in the lab, in the field and in outreach programs.

We also offer a minor in biology and a major in health sciences for students interested in attending medical school and other healthcare professional schools.

Program Overview

To earn an undergraduate degree in biology, you will complete at least 120 semester hours total in general education and science courses.

Bachelor of Science in Biology 

Designed for students who are interested in attending graduate programs in the life sciences, working in a laboratory environment, conducting environmental field work or working in the parks service, the BS in biology is a comprehensive program offering a broad-based degree. The program includes:

  • 30 hours of required biology, chemistry, physics and natural sciences courses, including a senior capstone
  • Three to 4 semester hours of calculus or statistics courses
  • Nine to 12 semester hours of elective biology courses, including credit opportunities for internships, independent study and research projects

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Designed for students who are interested in pursuing a biology major with a major or minor in another field, the BA in biology combines a strong general education curriculum with core biology and science courses. Many students combine the BA in biology with a second major or minor in chemistry, computer science, business administration, physical education or education

  • 30 hours of required biology, chemistry and natural sciences courses, including a senior capstone
  • Three semester hours of statistics course
  • Nine to 12 semester hours of elective biology courses, including credit opportunities for internships, independent study and research projects

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology with teacher certification

Designed for students interested in teaching biology at the secondary level, the BA in Biology with teacher certification offers the opportunity to earn a content-area bachelor’s degree while completing the requirements for a teaching certificate in the State of Illinois. If you choose the teaching certification option, you will take biology and teaching methods courses, as well as complete the secondary education major in the College of Education.

  • 50 hours of required biology, chemistry and natural science courses, including a senior capstone
  • Optional elective internship, independent study and research project courses

The minor in biology includes:

  • 20 semester hours, including eight semester hours in required biology courses and 12 semester hours must be at the 2000-level or above. Students are welcome to take internship, independent study and research project courses, but they cannot be counted toward the minor.