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Biological Sciences (BS)

Minor in Biological Sciences

A student completing a major in the Biological Sciences will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a mastery of content within their chosen field of Biology
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of fields and approaches within Biology
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation of the relationships among Biology and other fields
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific process
  5. Critically analyze scientific information
  6. Design and analyze a scientific experiment  
  7. Articulately communicate scientific information in both written and oral forms
  8. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the relevant technical skills that are necessary for a successful transition into professional schools, graduate programs, or careers in science

The Department of Biological Sciences provides programs for both Biology majors and non-majors. For its majors, the department offers six different concentrations. Selecting a concentration allows students to have a moderate degree of specialization in one of several areas. Students will also have a number of opportunities for learning outside the classroom, including a program of seminars, internships and opportunities for research with, or under the direction of, a member of the faculty.

  • Integrative
  • Medicine and Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Biotechnology

The Department of Biological Sciences also administers a Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Medical Technology) concentration​ within the Allied Health Technologies program similar to the Standard Biological Sciences concentration. The department provides specialized academic advising for students in this program. Upon completing the requirements for the baccalaureate, the student enrolls in a hospital associated with DePaul for a year of specialized study. This program is available as a concentration through the Allied Health Technologies program. The department also administers concentrations in Nuclear Medicine Technology and Radiation Therapy through the Allied Health Technologies program. These two concentrations are offered as 3+1 programs in which the student spends three years at DePaul and one year at an internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Additionally, the department provides courses for the life science components of non-biology majors (e.g. nursing, physical education, chemistry, environmental science, psychology) as well as prerequisite courses for those who intend to later apply for entrance elsewhere into specialized programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and dentistry. The Department of Biological Sciences provides those students with both academic and career counseling during their years at DePaul University. ​