Saint Xavier University

Moraine Valley Community College

MVCC Biology Secondary Education

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 Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) 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 Moraine Valley Community College Equivalent
ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing COM 101 and COM 102
COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals COM 103
MATH 112: College Algebra MTH 141
MATH 113: College Trigonometry
MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MTH 142
MTH 150
Life and Physical Science
Introductory Level (10 credit hours)
BIOL 111: General Biology BIO 111
BIOL 112: General Biology II BIO 112
CHEM 111: General Chemistry I CHM 131
CHEM 112: General Chemistry II CHM 132
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (6-9 credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts: (Choose at least 1 Humanities and 1 Fine Arts) *See catalog for IAI approved courses
History and Social Science (12 credit hours)
HIST 103 or 104: United States History to/Since 1887 HIS 201 or 202
POLSC 101: Introduction to U.S. Government PSC 110
PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology PSY 101
**Non-U.S. History *See catalog for IAI approved courses
Diversity Studies
General Education: 6 credit hours of General Education - Cultures Within the U.S. *See note for IAI Waivers
Global Studies
General Education: 6 credit hours of Foreign Language/Foreign Culture/Global Studies courses *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 Moraine Valley Community College Equivalent
EDU 202: Educational Psychology PSY 215
EDU 323: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher EDU 111
PSYCH 201: Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood PSY 106
BIOL courses for the major BIO 111, 112, 211, 220 (plus lab)
BIOL electives BIO 180, 181
Supportive Courses for the major CHM 203, PHY 150

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

As of November 2018