Integrative Biology, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Integrative Biology


department website: http://sib.illinois.edu/

department faculty: School of Integrative Biology Faculty

advising: SIB advising


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


email: sib@illinois.edu


The Integrative Biology major provides students with a solid preparation in genetics, evolution, anatomy, physiology, ecology, and molecular biology. After completion of the foundational 100- and core 200-300-level courses in IB, students complete the required advanced coursework by taking a variety of IB and other courses or focusing on a limited area of IB. Plans for the student's combination of advanced courses are developed in consultation with an adviser.

All undergraduates in this field are required to have a strong background in the biological and physical sciences.

Students pursuing a degree in Integrative Biology will be allowed to earn a second degree in the Specialized Curriculum in Biochemistry. Students pursuing a degree in Integrative Biology will not be allowed to double major in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

For students interested in adding licensure to the BSLAS in Integrative Biology, please visit the Biology Teaching page:  http://sib.illinois.edu/undergraduate/programs/teaching

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Integrative Biology


Distinction for Excellence in Research: To be eligible for graduation with Distinction for excellence in Research a student must:

Complete 2 or more semesters of IB 390 or IB 490 for 2 credit hours or more each semester.

Be signed up for IB 490 prior to or during the semester the student is being considered for Distinction.

Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA within the major at the end of the penultimate semester.

Give a poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium or other approved venue.

Have a completed distinction evaluation form submitted by their Faculty Research Advisor.Distinction will be determined by the SIB Distinction Committee based on the poster presentation and the Advisor’s evaluation.


High or Highest Distinction for Excellence in Research: To be eligible for graduation with High or Highest Distinction for Excellence in Research a student must:

Complete 2 or more semesters of IB 390 or IB 490 for 2 credit hours or more each semester. Be signed up for IB 490 prior to or during the semester the student is being considered for Distinction.

Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA within the major at the end of the penultimate semester.

Submit a written thesis and give an oral presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium or other approved venue.

Have a completed distinction evaluation form submitted by their Faculty Research Advisor.

The level of Distinction will be determined by the SIB Distinction Committee based on the written thesis, the oral presentation, and the Advisor’s evaluation.

For additional information visit: http://sib.illinois.edu/undergraduate/distinction

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.


Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to to 66-76 hours.


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

MATH 220Calculus 14-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
STAT 212Biostatistics3
Select one group of courses:8-10
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry Lab I
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry Lab II
or
Accelerated Chemistry I
Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
Accelerated Chemistry II
Accelerated Chemistry Lab II
Select one group of courses:5-6
Elementary Organic Chemistry I
and Elementary Organic Chem Lab I
Fundamental Organic Chem I
and Structure and Synthesis
Select one group of courses:8-10
College Physics: Mech & Heat
and College Physics: E&M & Modern
University Physics: Mechanics
and University Physics: Elec & Mag
IB 150Organismal & Evolutionary Biol4
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
IB 202Physiology 24
IB 203Ecology4
IB 204Genetics 34
IB 302Evolution4
At least 14 hours of coursework from the Approved List of Advanced Courses (http://sib.illinois.edu/courses/area) for IB majors, including:14
At least one course from two of the following three areas:
Area I: Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
Area II: Behavior, Ecology, and the Environment
Area III: Integrative Anatomy, Physiology, and Molecular Biology
One advanced course with a laboratory and/or field component.