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Loyola University Chicago


Department of Biology (BIOL)

Core Curriculum

Lake Shore Campus:
Damen Hall 811
Phone: 773-508-3620
FAX: 773-508-3646


Degree Requirements

The major in biology requirements include six required courses (19 hours) and several elective courses (19 hours), totaling 38 hours. The courses required for the biology major are:

This major requires 38 hours, including the basic courses required of the biology major, plus Evolution (Biology 319) and specific elective courses (16 hours) that allow students to focus on key areas of ecology and evolution.

Molecular Biology
This major requires a total of 38 credit hours, including the basic courses required of biology majors. Upper-level courses are mostly specified in the areas of genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology, with eight hours of upper-level elective courses also part of the program. Note: Students completing this emphasis program will also automatically fulfill the requirements for the minor in chemistry.

Core Curriculum

In addition to fulfilling major requirements to earn an undergraduate degree (usually 128 hours), students complete Loyola's new Core Curriculum, which teaches them important skills and values, and develop their own interests by taking general electives.

Transfer students majoring in biology must take a minimum of 20 credit hours in biology courses at Loyola. No more than 18 credit hours in biology transferred from another institution may be applied toward the biology major for the B.S. degree. Ordinarily, transfer of credit from professional or graduate schools for the purpose of obtaining a major or minor in biology is not permitted.


Biology The minor in biology requires 24 credit hours including 17 credit hours of required biology courses (Biology 101, 102, 111, 112, 251, 265 and 282) and seven hours of biology electives. Transferring students who seek a minor in biology must take a minimum of 12 credit hours in biology at Loyola University Chicago.

Bioethics Loyola’s bioethics minor encompasses work in the fields of biology, natural science, philosophy, sociology and theology. It enables students to study topics in which the life sciences and ethics converge, such as: biological and chemical weapons, human stem cell research, global warming, human and animal experimentation, pollution, genetic screening and gene therapy, and human population growth. The program helps prepare students for a range of careers or for advanced study in ministry, the health professions, the sciences, teaching, law, journalism, research, government or social work. The bioethics minor requires at least seven courses or 21 credit hours. The science requirement is satisfied by four courses in biology or three courses in natural science. The ethics requirement is satisfied by three courses in philosophy, theology or biology. An interdisciplinary, team-taught course is also required that examines a specific bioethical topic. The biology and interdisciplinary courses also count toward the biology major.

Biostatistics Designed for students interested in the growing number of jobs that apply quantitative skills to problems in biomedical research, statistical genetics and bioinformatics, this minor requires three statistics courses as well as Introductory Biology (Biology 101, 102, 111, 112) and Basic Calculus (Math 131, 132 or 161, 162). Two of the statistics courses (Biology/Stat 335 and Biology/Stat 336) are cross-listed in biology and also count toward the biology major.

Courses of Instruction

101. Introduction to Biology I Lecture (3) 102. Introduction to Biology II Lecture (3) 111. Introduction to Biology I Laboratory (1) 112. Introduction to Biology II Laboratory (1) 205. Plant Biology (4) 240. Psychology and Biology of Perception (Psych 240) (3) 241. Brain and Behavior (Psych 305) (3) 251. Cell Biology (3) 252. Cell Biology Laboratory (2) 265. Ecology (3) 266. Ecology Laboratory (2) 280. Evolution of Human Disease (3) 282. Genetics (3) 283. Genetics Laboratory (2) 299. Research (4) 300. Seminar in Biological Sciences (1) 302. General Microbiology (4) 304. Introduction to Developmental Biology (3) 313. Laboratory in Psychobiology (Psych 311) (3) 314. Advanced Microbiology (3) 315. Introductory Immunology (4) 316. Limnology (4) 317. Biology of Persistent Diseases (3) 319. Evolution (3) 320. Animal Behavior (Anth 350) (3) 323. Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (4) 325. Primatology: Behavior and Ecology (Anth 325) (3) 326. Human Osteology (Anth 326) (4) 327. Wetland Ecology (4) 328. Conservation Biology (3) 335. Introduction to Biostatistics (Math 335) (4) 341. Histology (4) 342. Introduction to Human Anatomy (4) 345. Sociobiology (3) 350. Vertebrate Physiology (4) 352. Mammalian Endocrinology (3) 354. Biology of Mammalian Reproduction (3) 358. Developmental Neurobiology (3) 359. Paleopathology (3) 360. Field Biology (3) 362. Neurobiology (3) 363. Entomology (4) 364. Medical and Veterinary Entomology (4) 366. Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry (4) 368. Plant Ecology (4) 370. Ichthyology (4) 372. Lake Michigan Biology (3) 373. Laboratory in Neuroscience I (3) 374. Laboratory in Neuroscience II (3) 375. Aquatic Insects (4) 381. Biology of Sharks, Skates and Rays (3) 382. Molecular Genetics (3) 383. Population Genetics (3) 385. Principles of Electron Microscopy (4) 388. Bioinformatics (3) 389. Introduction to Pharmacology (3) 390. Molecular Biology Laboratory (4) 393. Natural Resource Conservation (3) 395. Special Topics in Biology (1–4) 397. Senior Honors Thesis (4) 398. Internship in Biology (4) 399. Individual Study (1–4)


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