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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I declare a Biology major?

You are required to declare a major before your junior year. However, in biology it is strongly recommended that you declare your major as soon as possible. One reason is that a large number of introductory course are required to complete a biology degree. If you do not take introductory classes right away, it may take longer than four years to finish. When you declare your biology major, you will be assigned an advisor who can help you with course scheduling.​

How do I declare a Biology major or switch my major to Biology?

You can declare a biology major or minor at any time by following this path on Campus Connect: Campus Connect > Main Menu > Self Service > Academic Planning > Change College, Major, or Minor​

What kinds of jobs can you get with a Biology degree?

The number of careers that involve biology is enormous. Consult our list of "50 Things to Do with a Biology Degree," to see just a few of them. You can also browse our Professions in Biology​​ page, with helpful links to many professional organizations.

How many courses are required for a Biology minor?

A student wishing to minor in biology must take six courses designed primarily for the major. Three of these courses are Bio 191, 192, 193, the traditional first-year introductory sequence. The other three courses are biology electives designed for biology majors or minors. See the undergraduate Course Catalog to learn more.​ 

I took some science courses from another school. Do my credits transfer to DePaul?

The College of Science and Health maintains a list of schools and courses which qualify for transfer credits. You can view them here.

My question isn't answered here. How do I get more information?

  • If you have a question related to our departmental policies or courses, contact our Departmental Advisor, Felicia Gowanlock, fgowanlo@depaul.edu.​
  • For general curricular or contact information for our department, check out our Student Guide: Student BioGuide 2015-16​

  • If you have a question related to the College of Science and Health (CSH), please visit the CSH website.​