Biology Pre-major for Associate in Science

Department Chair: Nicole Perry, 847-376-7086, nperry@oakton.edu

The following pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology after transferring to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the department chair. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EGL 101 Composition I 3
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
MAT 250 Calculus I 1 5
CHM 121 General College Chemistry I 4
 Hours15
Semester Two
EGL 102 Composition II 3
BIO 121 General College Biology I 4
CHM 122 General College Chemistry II 4
Select one of the following: 8 4
Elementary Statistics  
Calculus II  
 Hours15
Second Year
Semester One
BIO 122 General College Biology II 4
Select one of the following: 2,9 4-5
Elementary Organic Chemistry  
Organic Chemistry I  
Organic Chemistry I  
Select one of the following: 2,10 3-5
Human Genetics (non-laboratory course) 3  
Human Genetics 3  
Introduction to Environmental Science 4  
Ecological Restoration  
Plants and Society  
Sex and Gender Basis of Life, Wellness and Disease  
Essentials of Nutrition  
Human Anatomy and Physiology I  
Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research  
College Physics I 11  
General Physics I 11  
Select one of the following: 3
American Government  
Introduction To Psychology  
Introduction To Sociology 5  
Social Problems 6  
 Hours14-17
Semester Two
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 4  
International Relations 4  
Human Development  
Sociology of Sex and Gender 5  
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 5  
Select one of the following: 3
Art History: Art of the Non-Western World 4  
African-American Culture and the Arts 5  
Introduction To Theater  
Introduction to World Music 4  
Music Literature And History  
Select two courses of at least 7 credit hours from the following: 2,10 7-8
Human Genetics (non-laboratory course) 3  
Human Genetics 3  
Introduction to Environmental Science 4  
Ecological Restoration  
Plants and Society  
Sex and Gender Basis of Life, Wellness and Disease  
Essentials of Nutrition  
Human Anatomy and Physiology II  
Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research  
Microbiology  
Organic Chemistry II 2  
Organic Chemistry II 2  
Elementary Statistics  
College Physics II 2  
General Physics II 2  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Multicultural Literature in the U.S.  
Women and Creativity 5  
World Religions 4  
Modern Language Course (2024 or higher) 7
 
 Hours16-18
 Total Hours60-65

Transfer-related Notes: 

Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Science (A.S.) page for degree requirements.