South Suburban College

SSC 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 South Suburban College (SSC) 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.

South Suburban College Saint Xavier University
ENG 101 ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing
ENG 102 ENGL 188: Transfer English Elective
SPE 108 COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals
MTH 165 MATH 112: College Algebra
MTH 167
MTH 190
MATH 113: College Trigonometry
MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Life and Physical Science
Introductory Level (10 credit hours)
BIO 105 BIOL 111: General Biology
BIO 106 BIOL 112: General Biology II
CHM 113 CHEM 111: General Chemistry I
CHM 114 CHEM 112: General Chemistry II
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (6-9 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 203
HIS 204
HIST 103: United States History to 1887
HIST 104: United States History Since 1887
PSC 101 POLSC 101: Introduction to U.S. Government
PSY 101 PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology
Choose IAI approved course/s **Non-U.S. History
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 the U.S.
*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.

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

Transferable Courses

South Suburban College Saint Xavier University
PSY 202 EDU 202: Educational Psychology
EDU 204 EDU 323: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher
PSY 212 PSYCH 201: Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood
BIO 105; 106 BIOL courses for the major
BIO 185; 186 BIOL electives
CHM 203; PHY 101 Supportive Courses for the major

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 2019-2020 Catalog