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Co-Terminal Bachelor of Science in Biology / Master of Science in Computer Science

This co-terminal degree allows you to explore computational biology as an interdisciplinary field by combining a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree with a Master of Science in Computer Science degree in as few as five years. With dual biology and computer science degrees, it is anticipated that you will be more attractive to employers, and as a result have better job prospects in both the biology and computer science fields.

This program fits firmly in Illinois Tech's active learning philosphy. Illinois Tech is one of the few universities in the country with an academic equirement for students to work in teams across disciplines to solve problems. This prepares you to answer real-world questions after graduation.

Program Requirements 

REQUIRED COURSES
Number Title Credits
BIOLOGY REQUIREMENTS
BIOL 100 Introduction to the Profession 2
BIOL 107 General Biology 3
BIOL 109 General Biology Laboratory 3
BIOL 115 Human Biology 3
BIOL 117 Human Biology Laboratory 3
BIOL 210 Microbiology Lectures 3
BIOL 214 Genetics 3
BIOL 225 Microbiology Laboratory 2
BIOL 401 Introductory Biochemistry 3
BIOL 402 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
BIOL 404 Biochemistry Laboratory 3
BIOL 430 Human Physiology 3
BIOL 445 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 446 Cell Biology Laboratory 3
BIOL 451 Biological Literature 2
BIOL 495  Biology Colloquium 1
Subtotal   40
COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY REQUIREMENTS (substituted for two Biology electives)
BIOL 550 Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 562 Current Topics in Functional Genomics 3
Subtotal   6
CHEMISTRY REQUIREMENTS
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 247 Analytical Chemistry 3
Subtotal   18
PHYSICS REQUIREMENTS
PHYS 123 General Physics I: Mechanics 4
PHYS 221 General Physics II: Electromagnetism & Optics 4
PHYS 224 General Physics III for Engineers 3
Subtotal   11
MATHEMATICS
MATH 151 Calculus I 5
MATH 152 Calculus II 5
MATH 425 Statistical Methods 3
Subtotal   13
COMPUTER SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS
(substituted for two Biology electives, CS gen ed and free electives)
CS 105 Introduction to Computer Programming 2
CS 115 Object-Oriented Programming I  2
CS 330 Discrete Structures 3
CS 331 Data Structures & Algorithms 3
CS 402 Introduction to Advanced Studies II 3
Subtotal   13
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS 21
INTERPROFESSIONAL PROJECTS 6
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 128

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