IB Honors provides outstanding opportunities for students with true passion for biology. Whether your ultimate goal is medicine, research, conservation biology, teaching or industry, this workshop will let you know how IB Honors can improve your chances of success. This workshop is for freshmen.
The Honors Concentration in the Integrative Biology major is a complete curriculum - designed to offer outstanding, highly motivated students the chance to experience all that biology has to offer at the University of Illinois.
With enrollment limited to 25-30 students per year and all classes and labs taught by outstanding professors, students are virtually assured the daily interactions with faculty that are critical to developing scientific techniques, critical thinking, and communication skills. Each year, participation in open-ended laboratory and field courses fosters cohesiveness among all the students in the program, creating a mutual support system unique among biology majors.
Three, semester-long core honors courses have one over-arching theme, the integration of biology at multiple levels of organization, from cells and molecules, to organisms, to ecosystems. Supplemented with a strong background in chemistry, the physical sciences, mathematics and statistics, and Independent Study research experiences, IB Honors students are among the best prepared students at the University, whether their career goals be professional schools (Medical, Veterinary, Dental or others), research, conservation, or industry.
Admission to IB Honors occurs in the Spring semester of the Freshman year. Informational meetings will be held in mid-February. Students desiring the Honors Experience are interviewed individually, and notified of acceptance well in advance of pre-registration for the Fall semester.
To be accepted, students must have a 3.0 GPA by the end of their second semester, show evidence of success in math and science courses, and have a strong interest in biology. General chemistry should be completed before beginning IB Honors courses.
|Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours|
|4||IB 150 – Organismal & Evolutionary Biol|
|4||MCB 150 –Molecular & Cellular Basis of Life|
|5||IB 270 – Evolution of Molecules and Cells--the major evolutionary transitions of biomolecules and cells, including energy acquisition and metabolism; information inheritance, system regulation, and genomes; the origin of life, the prokaryotic cell, eukaryotic cell, and multicellularity. Lecture and lab.|
|5||IB 271 – Organismal Biology--integrated study of the diversity and structure and function of plants and animals in evolutionary and environmental contexts. Conceptual themes and techniques of molecular and cellular levels of biological organization will be integrated as well. Lecture and lab.|
|5||IB 372 – Ecology and Evolution2--integrated study of ecology, population genetics, and evolution. Conceptual themes and techniques from the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of biology will be integrated as well. Lecture, Lab, and field work.|
||MATH 220 or 221 – Calculus I, and
MATH 231 – Calculus II, and
MATH 241 – Calculus III
|14-16||Select ONE group of courses:3
CHEM 202 – Accelerated Chemistry I, and
CHEM 203 – Accelerated Chemistry Lab I, and
CHEM 204 – Accelerated Chemistry II, and
CHEM 205 – Accelerated Chemistry Lab II, and
CHEM 236 – Fundamental Organic Chem I, and
CHEM 237 – Structure and Synthesis
|CHEM 102 – General Chemistry I,
CHEM 103 – General Chemistry Lab I, and
CHEM 104 – General Chemistry II
CHEM 105 – General Chemistry Lab II, and
CHEM 232 – Fundamental Organic Chem I, and
CHEM 233 – Structure and Synthesis
|3||MCB 450 – Introductory Biochemistry
|4||BIOC 455 – Technqs Biochem & Biotech|
|4||PHYS 211 – Univ Physics, Mechanics5|
|4||PHYS 212 – Univ Physics, Elec & Mag5|
|3||An approved 300- or 400-level course in statistics4|
|6||IB 490 – Independent Research (2 semesters)|
|10||300- or 400-level courses in the biological sciences|
Twelve hours advanced-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus. All LAS General Education requirements must be satisfied. No more than 11 hours of credit in 100-level courses in IB or MCB may be counted toward graduation.
5May be substituted by PHYS 101 and 102 and an approved 400-level course that includes physical/math principles (ATMS 421, ANSC 448, or other courses approved by IBH Director).