Office: Donnelly Science Center, Room 247
Chair: David B. Rivers, Professor
Professors: Henry C. Butcher IV (emeritus); Charles R. Graham, Jr. (emeritus); Donald A. Keefer (emeritus); David B. Rivers
Associate Professors: Rebecca S. Brogan; Elissa Miller Derrickson; Kim C. Derrickson; Bernadette M. Roche; Andrew J. Schoeffield
Assistant Professors: Theresa M. Geiman; Armina A. Kazi; Lisa Z. Scheifele; Christopher Thompson; Maren E. Veatch-Blohm
Affiliate Faculty: Andrew L. Adams; Alfredo J. Herrara; Bradley H. Levin
The Biology Department is an active, student-centered department that focuses on excellence in teaching and undergraduate research. The Major in Biology is designed to provide the depth, scope, and skills necessary for admission to graduate and professional schools or for the job market. The biology degree requirements include a minimum of 10 courses in the biology department, as well as courses from chemistry, physics, and mathematics and statistics.
The three introductory biology courses required for the major provide a foundation to each of the three major areas of biology: cell and molecular biology, structure and function of organisms, and ecology and evolutionary biology. The upper-level curriculum allows students flexibility to explore the subdisciplines of biology in greater depth. In the upper-level curriculum, courses generally consist of a classroom component with associated laboratory and/or seminar experiences.
The discipline of biology is experiential in nature, which means that students are active participants in their own education. Students are required to take one advanced course in each of the three major areas of biology. These advanced courses include laboratory components in which students learn how to think and write like scientists while designing and executing an experiment. They also learn how to work cooperatively as contributing members of a team and develop a greater sense of academic community.
The general biology curriculum is flexible in the major's requirements for upper-division courses. This flexibility allows students to individualize their curriculum to suit their academic and career goals. Loyola's biology curriculum helps to prepare students as academicians, for their professional career after Loyola, and as lifelong learners.
The Biology Department emphasizes the following objectives:
The fostering of supportive student-faculty relationships. Students engage in a caring and open student-faculty relationship in which they view faculty as both models and mentors. Students understand the inevitability of making mistakes during the process of growing from student to biologist.
The preparation of students for life after Loyola as members of the job market or for studies in graduate or professional schools. Through a flexible curriculum, students make appropriate connections between their coursework, the world around them, and their personal strengths and convictions.
Through the nurturing mentorship and flexible curriculum, the department attempts to produce broadly-trained biologists ready for a wide range of careers by emphasizing the learning aims below.
The Biology Department has developed the following learning aims for the biology major:
Requirements for a major and an example of a typical program of courses are as follows:
* Required for major.
** Terms may be interchanged.
† One math course is required for the biology major. A second math course may be required for medical, graduate, and other professional schools. A nondepartmental elective is used for this purpose.
Students take seven upper-level biology electives. Of the seven biology electives, students must take at least one course from each of three categories described below, and these three courses must be taken within the Biology Department at Loyola. At least four of the seven courses must be taken at the 300-level or higher (BL300-499). Only one semester of research or internship may count toward the seven biology electives. Additional research or internship biology courses may be taken as free electives. Students should consult their faculty advisor before selecting their electives.
Category A: Cellular/Molecular Biology
Category B: Organismal Biology
Category C: Population Biology
The boundary separating biology and chemistry has blurred in recent years as chemical principles are increasingly used to characterize biological processes. Jointly offered by the Biology and Chemistry Departments, this interdisciplinary major provides students with a thorough understanding of the life sciences from a molecular point of view. The curriculum offers students excellent preparation for careers in medicine and other health-related professions, as well as for careers in science related areas such as the biotechnology industry. It is also an excellent foundation for graduate studies in biochemistry, molecular, or cell biology.
Students should declare this major by the end of their freshman year. A summary of the major requirements can be found under Chemistry.
Jointly offered by the Biology and Psychology Departments, this interdisciplinary major provides students with an opportunity to explore the underpinnings of the life sciences and human behavior. This curriculum provides excellent preparation for careers in medicine and other health-related fields, as well as careers in science and psychology-related areas. It is also an excellent foundation for graduate studies in the life sciences (e.g., neurobiology, physiology, microbiology), the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience, and various programs in psychology (e.g., clinical, neuropsychology, health). Students should declare this major by the end of their freshman year.
Requirements for the biology/psychology interdisciplinary major include:
Interdisciplinary majors allow students to combine interests in two different disciplines. This enables students to individualize their curriculum and helps to prepare them for our interdisciplinary world. Disciplines combined with biology in this way include communication, computer science, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, sociology, and writing. It is possible, however, to combine biology with many other disciplines. The general biology requirements for an interdisciplinary major (unless specified by targeted programs) are as follows:
Students interested in prehealth programs can take this minor along with a nonscience major and thereby satisfy the necessary course requirements for most health professional schools. Students are encouraged to meet with the prehealth professions coordinator before electing a nonscience major as preparation for a health-related career. Students should also consult with the prehealth professions coordinator about the math requirement, as it varies for health professional schools.