Saint Xavier University

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.

Communication (9 credit hours)
ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing
ENGL 188: Transfer English Elective
COM 101 and COM 102
COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals COM 103
Mathematics (5 or 6 credit hours)
MATH 112: College Algebra
MATH 113: College Trigonometry

MTH 141 and

MTH 142

MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
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 (9 credit hours)**

Humanities and Fine Arts: (Choose from Humanities and Fine Arts GE)

**6 credit hours of Humanities/Fine Arts are met by PHIL 150: The Examined Life and a religious studies course from SXU.

*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
**History Elective *See note for IAI Waivers
Diversity Studies (3 credit hours)
Cultures Within the U.S. *See note for IAI Waivers
Global Studies (3 credit hours)
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.

Transferable Education and Major Courses
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 111: General Biology I BIO 111: General Biology I
BIOL 112: General Biology II BIO 112: General Biology II
BIOL 230: Invertebrate Biology + Lab BIO 211: Zoology I
BIOL 213: Interactions in Environment BIO 220: Ecology and Field Biology
BIOL 202: Human Anatomy and BIOL 203: Human Physiology BIO 180: Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 181: Anatomy and Physiology II
(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
CHEM 251: Organic Chemistry I CHM 203
PHYS 201: General Physics I 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

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