Students in a biology lab

Illinois Tech’s biology track for high school dual-enrollment courses are designed for students to sequentially build their skills. Students can take the courses below independently or as part of a sequence, but some courses have prerequisites. Check out the course descriptions below for more information about each course. 

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BIOL 105: Introduction to Biology (Three credits)

This course, designed for non-majors, considers basic concepts and selected topics in biology beginning at the molecular level and ending with the biosphere. Topics include the following: the chemistry and structure of cells in plants and animals; how cells obtain and use energy; basic genetics and the role of biotechnology in agriculture and medicine; evolution, natural selection, and species formation; the origin and diversity of microbial, plant, and animal life; ecology, organisms, and their environments; and the impact of human population growth and human activity on the systems and resources of our planet.

  • Type: In person only
  • Term: Fall
  • When: Section One (11189): Tuesday/Thursday, 3:15–4:30 p.m., with Lei Li; Section Two (15892): Online (Asynchronous), with Lei Li
  • Requirements: For sophomores and juniors who have a minimum of a 2.5 grade-point average; no prior coursework is necessary

BIOL 214: Genetics (Three credits)

An introduction to transmission and molecular genetics designed for both biology and other science and engineering majors. Applications of genetics to the solution of various practical problems will also be discussed.

  • Type: In person or online (asynchronous, with lectures being recorded and posted to Blackboard weekly)
  • Term: Fall
  • When: Section One (10018): Monday/Wednesday, 10–11:15 a.m., with Mike Cummings; Section Two (15891): Online (Asynchronous), with Mike Cummings
  • Requirements: For juniors or seniors who have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average; taken and received at least a B in high school biology; taken AP Biology; taken BIO 105, BIO 107, BIO 114, or BIO 115

BIOL 114: Introduction to Human Biology for Non-Major (Three credits)

This course, designed for non-majors in biology, covers selected topics in biology of particular relevance to humans and to human health and disease. Topics include introductory biochemistry and cell structure, organization, and regulation of body systems; human genetics; human development; biotechnology; introduction to human pathogens and infectious diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases and immunologic diseases such as AIDS; human ecology; and human evolution.

  • Type: In person or online (asynchronous, with lectures being recorded and posted to Blackboard weekly)
  • When: Tuesday, 5–7:40 p.m.
  • Term: Spring

BIOL 104: Linux and Perl Programming (Three Credits)

Introductory course on Linux and Perl programming. Topics include Linux/UNIX operating systems, Bash and other command line shells, remote terminals, the basics of Perl programming, and examples of Perl programming for biological data.

  • Type: In-Person
  • Term: Spring