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  • Science degree student at Roosevelt University in Chicago

    "I really like the idea that science is always changing. I've always been so drawn to science, ever since high school. Every summer I would do some kind of research project. I'm not used to going on vacation! I'm co-founding a new student club called Science Without Borders. We want the club to promote an interdisciplinary approach to the sciences, erasing the label that science is only for scientists. People perceive that we're more concerned with research than with people, but what we do affects people. We're trying to take science out of its little box. It's not just biology; it's not just genetics. It's how they connect to everything. I'm looking forward to working in the new vertical campus. It's going to have state-of-the-art science labs! After graduating, I may go for a PhD in biology, but I'm also interested in pediatric cardiology, practicing among under-served populations."

    Gabrielle Lopez, BS Biology
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Year 2 Matriculation Requirements

International students matriculate from the International Year to Roosevelt University's undergraduate program when these requirements are fulfilled:

  • Maintained 2.00 or higher GPA
  • Portfolio poster presentation
  • Passed exit interview
  • Recommendations from professors
  • Post-institutional TOEFL test

These steps are built into the International Study Center program, giving international students the best chance of successful progression to a bachelor's degree.

Academic credit for the Roosevelt-equivalent courses taken during International Year is transferred to your degree.

Your bachelor's degree

Undergraduate Science degree: Choice of Majors

Upon completion of your science degree pathway program, you will have reached the required English level, acquired academic credits, and integrated into American university life. You then matriculate into Year 2 of an undergraduate degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Your choice of science degrees and pre-professional areas of study once you have completed the International Year science pathway:

Biochemistry, BS

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry provides thorough training in the fundamental principles and experimental techniques of chemistry and biology as they apply to biological systems, and emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of these sciences.

The BS degree in biochemistry prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including biological or chemical research, secondary education, health sciences, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and government or industry. The biochemistry major may lead to work in interdisciplinary sciences such as biotechnology, forensics, environmental science, or pharmacology and it is well suited to the needs of pre-medical students.


Biology, BS or BA

The BS degree in biology prepares students for jobs in government agencies such as environmental protection, health and safety, or agriculture, and for work as laboratory or field work technicians in universities, hospitals, museums, and industry. It also prepares students to teach High School biology and for admission to medical, dental, veterinary schools, and graduate programs in life sciences.

The BA degree in biology is an option for students who wish an in-depth humanistic education in biology without completing all of the biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics courses required for the BS in biology. This degree does not prepare students fully for postgraduate study in the life sciences or health professions.


Chemistry, BS or BA

The BS chemistry degree is appropriate for students who will continue to study or work in chemistry or the natural sciences. The BA chemistry degree is a useful option for those students who wish a strong scientific background but who are considering taking a wider variety of courses or pursuing study or work in another area such as pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, government, business, environmental science, or law. 

Courses available for Chemistry majors include: biochemistry; general, organic and inorganic chemistry; quantitative environmental analysis; thermodynamics; quantum mechanics; instrumental analysis; introductory calculus-based physics.


Pre-Professional areas of study

Pre-professional areas of study are usually taken as part of a science bachelor's degree (see above), and provide several courses that are required by virtually every health science school in the United States.

Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine and Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Professional programs enhance a student's eligibility for US medical school, dental school, veterinary school, or other professional degrees in the life sciences. Minimum course requirements and the relevant Roosevelt University courses are:

Course title course code academic credits
Organismic Biology BIOL 201 5
Cellular and Molecular Biology BIOL 301 5
General Chemistry I CHEM 201*
General Chemistry II CHEM 202
Organic Chemistry I CHEM 211 5
Organic Chemistry II CHEM 212 5
Introduction to Composition ENG 101* 3
Argument, Analysis, Research ENG 102 3
College Algebra MATH 121* 3
Pre-calculus MATH 122 3
Introductory Non-Calculus-Based Physics I PHYS 201 5
Introductory Non-Calculus-Based Physics II PHYS 202 5

* included in the International First Year science pathway

The formal requirements of dental, medical, and veterinary schools vary. Most students have a bachelor's degree in one of the sciences, frequently in biology or chemistry. However, applicants may complete a major in any undergraduate subject, including the humanities and social sciences. Roosevelt University's academic advising centers will help you plan the best courses for you.


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  • English support at Roosevelt University in Chicago

    Improve English Level Before Your Bachelor's

    To study these bachelor's degrees at Roosevelt University in Chicago, you need an official English test score of:

    • TOEFL 80 iBT (minimum 18 in writing)
    • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in writing)

    If you do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score, or have a lower level of English, your best pathway to a degree is the International Year.

    International Year One
  • New Chemistry lab in the Wabash building

    DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

    Provides personalized, high-quality instruction and training for a variety of scientific careers and post-graduate studies. Its faculty are researchers and experienced teachers in areas ranging from molecular and cellular biology to organic chemistry to environmental science. Students are active participants in research as well as in a variety of student-led organizations and campus initiatives.

    Degree programs include biological science, biotechnology, chemical science, health professions and pre-professional concentrations.