Saint Xavier University

Prairie State College

PSC 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 Prairie State College (PSC) 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 Prairie State College Equivalent
ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing ENG 101 and ENG 102
COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals COMM 101
MATH 112: College Algebra MATH 151
MATH 113: College Trigonometry
MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MATH 165
MATH 171
Life and Physical Science
Introductory Level (10 credit hours)
BIOL 111: General Biology BIOL 111
BIOL 112: General Biology II BIOL 112
CHEM 111: General Chemistry I CHEM 110
CHEM 112: General Chemistry II CHEM 130
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 201 or HIST 202
POLSC 101: Introduction to U.S. Government POLSC 140
PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology PSYCH 101
**Non-U.S. History Choose IAI approved course/s
Diversity Studies (3 credit hours)
Cultures Within the U.S. *See note for IAI Waivers
Global Studies (3 credit hours)
Cultures Outside 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 Prairie State College Equivalent
EDU 202: Educational Psychology PSYCH 202
EDU 323: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher ED 212
BIOL courses for the major BIOL 111, 112
BIOL electives BIOL 221, 222
Supportive Courses for the major CHEM 203, PHYSI 120

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 Office of Records and Advising
Phone: 844-GOTO-SXU (844-468-6798)
Phone: 773-298-3510

of December 2018