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Biological Sciences (BS)

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.

In addition, the College of Education offers a program that prepares students for a career in teaching biology at the secondary school level that culminates in certification by the State of Illinois. The Department of Biological Sciences also works with the College of Education to offer courses as part of a Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE). The MSSE program helps practicing teachers to gain experience and endorsement in areas of science.

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.

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