Integrative Biology Honors Concentration
For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum
Integrative Biology Honors is designed for superior students wishing to pursue an intensive program in integrative biology and, concurrently, to gain a strong background in the physical sciences and mathematics. Admission is by interview in spring of the freshman year prior to registration for fall. An overall 3.0 GPA is required to apply for admission. Integrative Biology Honors provides preparation suitable for graduate and professional training in biology, as well as for biology careers in the private and public sectors.
Minimum required courses normally equate to 80-91 hours.
Students earning the Integrative Biology Honors Concentration will also earn the Chemistry minor.
Students pursuing a degree in Integrative Biology Honors will be allowed to earn a second degree in the Specialized Curriculum in Biochemistry. Students pursuing a degree in Integrative Biology Honors will not be allowed to double major in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.
No more than 8 hours of credit in 100-level courses in IB or MCB may be counted toward graduation.
Substitutions or other changes in the requirements below may be made only by petition to and approval of the director of the Integrative Biology Honors Concentration.
Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours
Departmental distinction: Candidates for distinction must:
- Consult with an IB Honors adviser no later than the beginning of their junior year to discuss their proposed research plan.
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 when applying for distinction.
- Present an acceptable written report on the research to the Integrative Biology Distinction Committee about two months prior to graduation. The research must have been an in-depth experience and produced substantial results to be considered eligible for distinction. Additional details on requirements, procedures, and deadlines are available at sib.illinois.edu/undergraduate/distinction.
Students must consult with their Integrative Biology honors adviser at least once each semester.
|IB 150||Organismal & Evolutionary Biol||4|
|MCB 150||Molec & Cellular Basis of Life||4|
|IB 270||Evolution of Molecules & Cells||5|
|IB 271||Organismal Biology||5|
|IB 372||Ecology and Evolution 1||5|
|MATH 220||Calculus (Biocalculus section)||4-5|
|or MATH 221||Calculus I|
|MATH 231||Calculus II 2||3-4|
|or IB 494||Theoretical Biology + Models|
|Select one group of courses:||8-10|
|Accelerated Chemistry I|
|Accelerated Chemistry Lab I|
|Accelerated Chemistry II|
|Accelerated Chemistry Lab II|
|General Chemistry I 3|
|General Chemistry Lab I|
|General Chemistry II|
|General Chemistry Lab II|
|Select one group of courses:||6|
|Fundamental Organic Chem I|
|Structure and Synthesis|
|Elementary Organic Chemistry I|
|Elementary Organic Chem Lab I|
|At least six hours of advanced courses in Chemistry 4||6-8|
|MCB 450||Introductory Biochemistry||3|
|Select one group of courses||8-13|
|University Physics: Mechanics|
|University Physics: Elec & Mag|
|College Physics: Mech & Heat|
|College Physics: E&M & Modern|
An approved 300- or 400-level course that includes physical/math principles 5
|An approved 300- or 400- level course in statistics 6||3|
|IB 490||Independent Study (2 semesters) 7||6|
|300- or 400- level courses in the biological sciences||10|
Introductory chemistry should be completed prior to enrolling in IB 270.
Recommended courses are: CHEM 312, CHEM 332, CHEM 360, CHEM 437, CHEM 440. Students should discuss alternate choices with the IB advising office. To earn the Chemistry minor students must choose 3 or 4 hour Chemistry courses, excluding research or independent study.
Independent study equivalent to IB 490 in non-IB programs must first be approved by Director of IBH Concentration.