Saint Xavier University

Joliet Junior College

JJC Biology Secondary Education Transfer Guide

This transfer guide can assist biology secondary education students with their transition to Saint Xavier University. Please refer to the general education requirements for an A.A. or A.S. degree found in the Joliet Junior College (JJC) Academic Catalog.

If students complete the majority of their general education requirements prior to transferring to SXU, they may qualify for the IAI GECC Articulation Agreement with the exception of Philosophy 150: The Examined Life and a religious studies course.

Saint Xavier University Joliet Junior College Equivalent
ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing ENG 101 and ENG 102
COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals COMM 101
MATH 112: College Algebra MATH 138
MATH 113: College Trigonometry
MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MATH 139
MATH 170
Life and Physical Science
Introductory Level (10 credit hours)
BIOL 111: General Biology BIO 151
BIOL 112: General Biology II BIO 152
CHEM 111: General Chemistry I CHEM 101
CHEM 112: General Chemistry II CHEM 102
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (6-9 credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts: (Choose at least 1 Humanities and 1 Fine Arts) Choose IAI approved course/s
History and Social Science (12 credit hours)
HIST 103: United States History to 1887
HIST 104: United States History Since 1887
HIST 103 or HIST 104
POLSC 101: Introduction to U.S. Government PSCI 101
PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology PSYC 101
**Non-U.S. History Choose IAI approved course/s
Diversity Studies
Cultures Within the U.S. *See note for IAI Waivers
Global Studies
Cultures Outside of the U.S. *See note for IAI Waivers

NOTE: A Bachelor of Science degree requires two (6) additional mathematics-science courses

*IAI Waivers are available for those students who transfer to SXU with an A.A. or A.S. degree or complete the majority of their General Education Core prior to transferring.

**As of Academic Catalog 2018-2019, students are required to take one U.S. and one non-U.S. History course. See IAI waiver note.

Transferable Courses

Saint Xavier University Joliet Junior College Equivalent
EDU 202: Educational Psychology PSYC 102
EDU 323: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher EDUC 240
PSYCH 201: Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood PSYC 210
BIOL courses for the major HORT 243
BIOL electives BIO 151, 152, 250, 251
Supportive Courses for the major CHEM 209, PHYS 101

Additional Information

Students pursuing a secondary education license in biology must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 to successfully apply to student teach, and then they must maintain this GPA during all remaining semesters prior to student teaching. Major area of specialization coursework includes all content-area courses used to fulfill major requirements in the program (i.e., BIOL, CHEM, PHYS and MATH courses).

Please contact the Education Department for specific details of the licensure program. Additional information is found on the Illinois State Board of Education website.

Please refer to the Secondary Education Program and the Biology Secondary Education sections of the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.


Office of Admission Transfer Student Services Center
Phone: 844-GOTO-SXU (844-468-6798)
Phone: 773-298-3510

of December 2018