Moraine Valley Community College

MVCC 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 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.

General Education Courses

The following general education and major courses are transferable for Saint Xavier University's Biology Secondary Education major.

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Communication (9 credit hours)
COM 101
COM 102
ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing
ENGL 188: Transfer English Elective
COM 103 COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals
Mathematics (5 or 6 credit hours)
MTH 141
MTH 142
MATH 112: College Algebra
MATH 113: College Trigonometry
MTH 150
MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Life and Physical Science
Introductory Level (10 credit hours)
BIO 111 BIOL 111: General Biology
BIO 112 BIOL 112: General Biology II
CHM 131 CHEM 111: General Chemistry I
CHM 132 CHEM 112: General Chemistry II
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (9 credit hours)**
Choose IAI approved course/s **Students have the opportunity to satisfy 6 credit hours
from the Humanities/Fine Arts General Education at SXU
by completing PHIL 150 and a religious studies course.
History and Social Science (12 credit hours)
HIS 201
HIS 202
HIST 103: United States History to 1887
HIST 104: United States History Since 1887
PSC 110 POLSC 101: Introduction to U.S. Government
PSY 101 PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology
*See note for IAI Waivers **History Elective
Diversity Studies (3 credit hours)
*See note for IAI Waivers Cultures Within the U.S.
Global Studies (3 credit hours)
*See note for IAI Waivers Cultures Outside of the U.S.

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.

Transferable Education and Major Courses
PSY 215 EDU 202: Educational Psychology
EDU 111 EDU 323: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities
for the Regular Classroom Teacher
PSY 106 PSYCH 201: Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood
BIO 111: General Biology I BIOL 111: General Biology I
BIO 112: General Biology II BIOL 112: General Biology II
BIO 211: Zoology I BIOL 230: Invertebrate Biology + Lab
BIO 220: Ecology and Field Biology BIOL 213: Interactions in Environment
BIO 180: Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 181: Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 202: Human Anatomy
BIOL 203: Human Physiology
(Need to take BIO 180 and BIO 181 at MVCC in order to receive SXU credit for BIOL 202 and BIOL 203)
Supportive Courses for the Major
CHM 203 CHEM 251: Organic Chemistry I
PHY 150 PHYS 201: General Physics I

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

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