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Department of Biological Sciences
Biology Undergraduates / Advising
General Degree Information
Incoming first-year students (30 credit hours or less)
are required to enroll in the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) Program. Please go to WIU's First Year Experience (FYE) page for more information.
PICTURES: 2013 Zool FYE Class Trip to Kibbe
General Education update for those NOT seeking Teacher Certification Option:
The School of Arts and Sciences requires more General Education courses in the Humanities and Social sciences (12 hours each) than other schools within the University. Also required are three hours of Human Well Being, two courses with a writing emphasis, three hours of Multicultural Studies, 16 hours of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and 9 hours of directed Communication Skills.
General Education update for those in the Teacher Certification Option:
The requirements of students seeking teacher certification follow the General Education Requirements of the College of Education and Human Services. This includes 9 hours in the Humanities and Fine Arts (of which at least 3 hours must be in Humanities and 3 in the Fine Arts), 9 hours in the Social Sciences, 3 hours in Human Well Being (of which 1 hour must be an activity course), 3 hours in Multicultural Studies, 10 hours of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and 9 hours of Directed Communication Skills.
Foreign Language update: All students seeking a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology are required to have two semesters or one full year of a single Foreign Language. Two years of the same language in high school, or two semesters of the same language in college or university will complete this requirement, as long as transcripts are presented to the registrar.
This requirement can be met while attending WIU with two semesters of the same foreign language, which can count towards two classes of General Education Humanities Credit.
- This requirement can be met while attending WIU with two semesters of the same foreign language, which can count towards two classes of General Education Humanities Credit.
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During pre-registration advising please contact the departmental office at (309) 298-1546 to schedule an appointment with one of the advisors.
Botany, microbiology, zoology, medical sciences (pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-physician assistant, pre-veterinarian), and clinical laboratory science majors are all advised by:
Vicki J. Walters (309) 298-1546, Waggoner Hall 381.
- or by one of the Grad Advisors.
- The Axon is a newsletter from the Academic Advisors, provided once each semester.
Biology teacher certification students are advised by:
Dr. Laura Barden-Gabbei, post-method - by appointment; please call (309) 298-1546.
Jennifer Sandrik-Rubio, appointment sign-up sheet outside Tillman 415.
"As our students prepare to become middle and high school science teachers, they engage in a variety of research. This experience is critical in helping them develop a real sense of the process of science as they prepare to teach their students what science is all about." Dr. Laura M. Barden-Gabbei
Related Majors and Minors
- Chemistry (Forensic and Regular)
- Conservation/ Animal Science (Agriculture)
- Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary studies minor)
- FMEA (Functional Morphology & Evolutionary Anatomy) (Interdisciplinary between Biological Sciences and Sociology/Anthropology)
- Health Sciences
- Horticulture (Interdisciplinary studies minor)
- Neuroscience (Psychology minor)
- Recreation Parks and Tourism Administration
Biology major with options in:
- Medical Sciences
Please note: Medical Sciences enrollment requires a minimum GPA of 2.75. A psychology or chemistry minor (as indicated in the pdf's above) is required with this option in order to prepare students for application to professional schools, such as medical schools, dental schools, optometry schools, physical and occupational therapy programs, and veterinarian programs.
Teacher Certification Programs in Science (Grades 6-12)
- Biology degree option
- Chemistry degree option
- Physics degree option
- For more information about the Teacher Education Program go to the Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals (http://www.wiu.edu/CPEP/)
- Note: To be fully accepted to the Teacher Education Program, a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and in your major are required.
- WIU's STARS Registration Website: Use STARS to see which courses are offered, register, etc.
- Undergraduate Degree Requirements : See the WIU Undergraduate Catalog listing for Biological Sciences.
- Transferring courses? Visit Transferology to learn which courses transfer from other Illinois colleges and universities.
Need to take the MCAT? Many online practice exams, arranged by subject content are on the MCAT website.
Teach Grant Program: This is a Federal Grant Program with very specific requirements. If you are in the teacher certification option for Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, you may want to consider this.