Biology Programs

The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs and courses geared toward the needs of majors, general education students and candidates for teacher licensure. Students majoring in biology are able to choose from three tracks of study:

Biology Major

Biology majors may choose between the general biology or pre-health profession track. As part of the pre-health profession track, students will take required coursework for admission into optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, medical, dental and veterinary schools. 

Students wishing to major in biology should have completed high school biology, chemistry and advanced mathematics courses. College-level science courses taken at another institution will be evaluated on an individual basis in consultation with the student. Transfer students must complete a minimum of one-third of the requirements for the biology major at Saint Xavier.

Biology Education Track

It is possible to become certified as a biology teacher at the secondary education level (6-12 certification) by completing the general biology track and requirements for a secondary education certificate. Biology majors pursuing a secondary education certificate must take BIOL 312 Plant Adaptation and Diversity (4) and BIOL 318 Ecology (5). Students pursuing a secondary education certificate in biology must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their major area of specialization to successfully apply to student teach, and then they must maintain this GPA during all remaining semesters prior to student teaching.  Major area of specialization coursework includes all content-area courses used to fulfill major requirements in the program (i.e., BIOL, CHEM , PHYS and MATH courses). Please contact the School of Education for specific details of the certification program.

Biology Minor

The biology minor will consist of BIOL 111 and 112, plus four additional courses in biology at the 200-level or above. Of these four courses, at least three must have a laboratory component. At least one-half of the credit hours used to fulfill the minor must be completed at Saint Xavier University.

Pre-Health Programs

Saint Xavier University has a long history of successfully preparing students for all allied health profession programs. Saint Xavier's pre-health professions program provides students with the strong background necessary to become a physician, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician's assistant, chiropractor, pharmacist or veterinarian. Saint Xavier alumni have been accepted to a large number of health profession programs including the Midwestern University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Marquette School of Dentistry, The University of Illinois, Chicago Pharmacy Program, Saint Louis University School of Pharmacy, The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and Purdue University Veterinary School and National Lewis College of Chiropractic. As competition to enter health professions programs continues to increase, Saint Xavier University students have a distinct advantage.

For more information about SXU's pre-health programs, please visit the Pre-Health Programs web page.