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Bachelor of Science in Biology/Bachelor of Science in Psychology

This integrated dual-degree program for students interested in neuroscience leads to the Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Bachelor of Science in Psychology while maintaining the integrity and content of each individual degree program.

This program has two main target audiences:

  • Pre-health students (pre-MD, pre-clinical psychologist or psychiatrist) who are interested in neurological or behavioral issues. A challenging double major program will be an asset in the professional school application process, and this degree will provide an excellent preparation for the MCAT.
  • Students interested in moving on to graduate school in studies at the interface of biology and psychology, such as neuroscience, brain science, or cognitive science.

This degree program offers a number of advantages in preparing students to work in neuroscience:

  • It is one of the few integrated dual-degree programs in the country, offering extensive preparation for people who want to work at the intersection of these fields.
  • It provides students with hands-on research experience.
  • It follows the scientist practitioner model, which means it instills a scientific and research foundation for all work.
  • It assigns each student two advisers, one in biology and one in psychology, for comprehensive support and guidance.
  • Because it meets requirements of both biology and psychology degrees, it gives students the flexibility to branch in either disciplinary direction in the future, if they wish.
  • It enables students to earn both degrees in as little as four to four and a half years (faster with more AP credit).

Transfer students: Ask about an audit of your previous coursework to see what you need to take for this program.

Program Requirements 

NumberTitleCredits
REQUIRED COURSES (34)
BIOL 107 General Biology Lectures 3
BIOL 109 General Biology Laboratory 1
BIOL 115 Human Biology 3
BIOL 117 Human Biology Laboratory 1
BIOL 210 Microbiology 3
BIOL 214 Genetics 3
BIOL 225 Microbiology Laboratory 2
BIOL 401 Introductory Biochemistry 3
BIOL 402 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
BIOL 404
-or-
BIOL 431
-or-
BIOL 446
Biochemistry Laboratory
-or-
Animal Physiology Laboratory
-or-
Cell Biology Laboratory
3
-or-
3
-or-
3
BIOL 430 Human Physiology 3
BIOL 445 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 451 Biological Literature 2
BIOL 495 Biology Colloquium 1
BIOLOGY ELECTIVES (6)
Select 6 credit hours 6
CHEMISTRY REQUIREMENTS (18)
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory 4
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II with Laboratory 4
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 247 Analytical Chemistry 3
PHYSICS REQUIREMENTS (11)
PHYS 123 General Physics I: Mechanics 4
PHYS 221 General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 224 General Physics III for Engineers 3
MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENTS (13-14)
MATH 151 Calculus I 5
MATH 152 Calculus II 5
MATH 425
-or-
PSYC 203
Statistical Methods
-or-
Undergraduate Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
3-4
PSYCHOLOGY REQUIREMENTS (28)
PSYC 204 Research Methods in Behavioral Science 4
PSYC 221 Introduction to Psychological Science 3
PSYC 301
-or-
PSYC 303
Industrial Psychology
-or-
Abnormal Psychology
3
PSYC 310 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 320
-or-
PSYC 409
-or-
COM 383
Applied Correlation and Regression
-or-
Psychological Testing
-or-
Social Networks
3
PSYC 414 Neural and Biological Bases of Behavior 3
PSYC 426 Cognitive Science 3
PSYC 435
-or-
PSYC 436
Child Development
-or-
Adult Development
3
PSYC 485 Senior Capstone Project I 3
PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES (6)
Select 6 credit hours 6
INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION (2-3)
BIOL 100
-or-
PSYC 100
Introduction to the Profession
-or-
Introduction to the Profession
2-3
COMPUTER SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS (2)
CS 105
-or-
CS 110
Introduction to Computer Programming
-or-
Computing Principles
2
INTERPROFESSIONAL PROJECTS (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E 6
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES REQUIREMENTS (15)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C1 15
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 141-143
1 B.S. Biology/B.S. Psychology students have a reduced Humanities and Social Sciences requirement because 6 credits of Social Sciences are satisfied by 6 credits of Psychology ‘S’ designated courses.

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Course of Study 

YEAR 1
Semester 1 Credits Semester 2 Credits
BIOL 100 -or- PSYC 100 2-3 BIOL 115 3
BIOL 107 3 BIOL 117 1
PSYC 221 3 PSYC 301 3
CHEM 124 4 CHEM 125 4
MATH 151 5 MATH 152 5
    CS 105 -or- 110 2
  17-18   18
YEAR 2
Semester 1 Credits Semester 2 Credits
BIOL 109 1 BIOL 210 3
BIOL 214 3 BIOL 225 2
PSYC 310 3 Psychology Elective 3
CHEM 237 4 CHEM 239 3
PHYS 123 4 PHYS 221 4
Humanities 200-level Course 3 Humanities Elective (300+) 3
  18   18
YEAR 3
Semester 1 Credits Semester 2 Credits
BIOL 445 3 BIOL 430 3
Biology Elective 3 BIOL 495 1
PSYC 414 3 PSYC 204 4
PHYS 224 3 PSYC 320, 409, -or- COM 383 3
IPRO Elective I 3 MATH 425 -or- PSYC 203 3-4
Social Sciences Elective 3 IPRO Elective II 3
  18   17-18
YEAR 4
Semester 1 Credits Semester 2 Credits
BIOL 401 3 BIOL 402 3
BIOL 404, 431, or 446 3 BIOL 451 2
Psychology Elective 3 PSYC 435 or 436 3
PSYC 426 3 Biology Elective 3
CHEM 247 3 Biology Elective 3
Humanities Elective (300+) 3 Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3
  18   17
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 141-143