Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

BS in Biology with Ecology Emphasis

The growing significance of environmental issues to the overall health of our world in the new century requires more individuals who are scientifically trained to contribute to solving environmental problems.

The BS in Biology with ecology emphasis is designed to provide in-depth training for students planning to do research in various areas of environmental sciences as either graduate students or employees of environmental agencies and companies.

This specialized biology major requires 37 credit hours including 9 required courses (21 credit hours) and elective courses (16 credit hours). This track allows students to acquire a strong background in fundamental biology with a specialization in the basic science of ecology and evolution. Students will follow the program outlined below

Requirements

21 credit hours plus cognate requirements

  • BIOL 101 General Biology I (3)
  • BIOL 111 General Biology I Lab (1)
  • BIOL 102 General Biology II (3)
  • BIOL 112 General Biology II Lab (1)
  • BIOL 251 Cell Biology (3)
  • BIOL 265 Ecology (3)
  • BIOL 266 Ecology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 282 Genetics (3)
  • BIOL 319 Evolution (3)

Electives

16 credit hours

A minimum of two electives must be selected from the following list. The remaining credits may come from this list or from other electives offered in Biology. A minimum of (any) two electives must have laboratory components.

  • BIOL 205 Plant Biology (4)
  • BIOL 215 Ornithology (3)
  • BIOL 296 Introduction to Research (1)
  • BIOL 316 Limnology (4)
  • BIOL 320 Animal Behavior (3)
  • BIOL 325 Primatology—Behavior & Ecology (3)
  • BIOL 327 Wetland Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 328 Conservation Biology (3)
  • BIOL 335 Biostatistics (4)
  • BIOL 345 Sociobiology (3)
  • BIOL 360 Field Biology (3)
  • BIOL 363 Entomology (4)
  • BIOL 368 Plant Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 369 Invertebrate Biology (3)
  • BIOL 370 Ichthyology (4)
  • BIOL 371 Marine Biology (3)
  • BIOL 371L Marine Biology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 372 Lake Michigan Biology (4)
  • BIOL 375 Aquatic Insects (4)
  • BIOL 393 Natural Resources Conservation (3)
  • BIOL 395 Special Topics (1–4)*
  • CHEM 312–313 Environmental Chemistry (4)Or ONE of the following
    • BIOL 396 Research (Capstone Course (3)*
    • BIOL 397 Honors Research (3)*
    • BIOL 398 Internship (Capstone Course) (1–3)*

* courses must be taken in an Ecology related topic.

Chemistry

16 credit hours

  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry A (3) *
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry Lab A (1)
  • CHEM 102 General Chemistry B (3) *
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry Lab B (1)
  • CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry A (3) **
  • CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry Lab A (1)
  • CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry B (3) **
  • CHEM 226 Organic Chemistry Lab B (1)

*OR CHEM 105, CHEM 106
**OR CHEM 221, CHEM 222

Mathematics

6 credit hours

  • MATH 131 OR 161 Calculus I (3/4)
  • MATH 132 OR 162 Calculus II (3/4)

Physics

8 credit hours

  • PHYS 111 OR 113 Physics I (3/4)
  • PHYS 131 OR 133 Physics Lab I (1)
  • PHYS 112 OR 114 Physics II (3/4)
  • PHYS 132 OR 134 Physics Lab II (1)

Suggested Course Sequence

The biology department recommends that students pursuing the BS in Biology with Ecology Emphasis complete their required classes in the following sequence. Requirements include courses in Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Mathematics (MATH) and Physics (PHYS):

First SemesterCredit HrsSecond SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL 101, 111(lab)
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
MATH 131
4
3
1
3
BIOL 102, 112(lab)
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
MATH 132
4
3
1
3
Third SemesterCredit HrsFourth SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL 265
BIOL 266
CHEM 223
CHEM 225
3
1
3
1
BIOL 282
CHEM 224
CHEM 226
3
3
1
Fifth SemesterCredit HrsSixth SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL 251
PHYS 111
PHYS 131
3
3
1
BIOL 319
PHYS 112
PHYS 132
BIOL Elective (Ecology)
3
3
1
3
Seventh SemesterCredit HrsEighth SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL Elective (Ecology) 4 BIOL Electives 8