Studying Biology at College of DuPage, IL

General Comments

College of DuPage is a community college located within residential Glen Ellyn, IL. Approximate enrollment is 34,000 students. Majors in the sciences include Biology, Botany, Pre-occupational therapy, Pre-physical therapy, Pre-medicine, Pre- pharmacy, Pre-veterinary sciences, Wildlife Biology, and Zoology.

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Biology Professors and their Research Interests
Publications coauthored by students
Academic advising according to major

Biology Professors, course disciplines that they teach and their Research Interests

Barbara Anderson - Biology

Lynn Fancher - Biology, Botany Professor Fancher's web page

Nancy Kett - Biology, Anatomy and Physiology

James Ludden - Biology, Anatomy and Physiology

Chris Petersen,PhD - Biology, Zoology

Karen Persky - Biology, Anatomy and Physiology

Lynda Randa - Biology, Botany

Thomas Ruehlmann, PhD - Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology

Shamili Sandiford - Biology, Field experiential courses

Susan Stamler, PhD - Biology, Microbiology Professor Stamler's web page

A microbiologist in action

Sutherland, Julie, PhD - Biology, Microbiology

Vlad, Beth, PhD - Biology, Field experiential courses

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Publications coauthored by students

The students were involved in experimental design, data collection, analysis, and writing.

2008. Relationships between asynchronous flowering by Baptisia alba (Fabaceae) and the seed predator, Apion rostrum (Coleoptera: Apionidae). The Great Lakes Entomologist 41:19-26.

2007. Congener host selection by the pre-dispersal seed predator, Apion rostrum (Coleoptera: Apionidae). The Great Lakes Entomologist 39:68-74.

2006. Comparison of common factors affecting seed yield in the congeners, Baptisia alba and Baptisia bracteata. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences 99:31-36.

2004. Relationships of the mound-building ant, Acanthomyops claviger, to soil characteristics and flora in a re-created prairie. The Great Lakes Entomologist 37:79-89.

2002. Ant-plant relationships in a re-created tallgrass prairie. The Great Lakes Entomologist 35:27-32.

2000. The relationship of inflorescence size to reproductive output and pre-dispersal seed predation in a population of Baptisia leucophaea. Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science 93:271-278.

1999. Inflorescence size relationships to pods ripened, seeds produced, and seed predator abundance in Baptisia leucophaea. 11th Northern Illinois Prairie Workshop, March 27, 1999. Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL.

1998. The effect of seed predation on pod abortion by the prairie legume, Baptisia leucophaea. The Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science 91:47-52.

1998. Ant fauna of reconstructed tallgrass prairie in Northeastern Illinois. The Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science 91:85-90.


1994. Selective pod abortion by Baptisia leucantha (Fabaceae) as affected by a curculionid seed predator, Apion rostrum. The Great Lakes Entomologist 27:143-147.

1992. Water quality of the West Branch of the DuPage River System located in Northeastern Illinois. Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science 85:211-219.

1992. Annotated list of caddisflies (Trichoptera) of Winfield Creek, Kress Creek, and Spring Brook Creek, Illinois. Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science 85:205-210.

1991. An annotated list of the caddisflies (Trichoptera) of the West Branch of the DuPage River and Kline Creek, Illinois. Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science 84:203-207.

1990. Survivorship of introduced prairie plant species in a weedy meadow under plant removal and non-plant removal conditions. Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science 83:1-9.
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Academic advising according to major

College of DuPage offers a broad selection of courses in the Biological Sciences to science majors and interested students. Consult the College catalog for descriptions of these courses (www.cod.edu). Be aware that baccalaureate-granting institutions may require a laboratory component to biology coursework, and may not recognize particular special topics courses (designated as 1800/2800 courses) as meeting science requirements or even as satisfying elective credit. Please consult any of the professors listed below for advice on course selection. For the ultimate recommendation concerning course selection, the student should seek advice from the four-year school where she/he plans to eventually transfer. Consult the Illinois Articulation Initiative Majors . for information of how College of DuPage courses transfer to other institutions in Illinois.

Students intending to major in the biological sciences are strongly recommended to complete the Biology 1151-1152 sequence and take an additional 4 to 8 semester credits in the biological sciences. Professional programs at four-year schools typically expect applicants to go beyond minimum requirements to show stamina in science courses. Second-year course selection according to major is suggested below. Majors are recommended to take Math 2231 and 2232, and Chemistry 1551 and 1552. Other courses that should be considered are Physics 1201 and 1202, Chemistry 2251 and 2252, Earth Science 1101 and/or other Earth Science courses. One or two years of foreign language at the college level may be required for some majors/schools.

Non-majors might consider taking Biology 1100 (Survey of Biology), 1110 (Environmental Science), 1120 (Introduction to Genetics), 1140 Aging), Botany 1310 (Ethnobotany), 1320 (Prairie Ecology), and Zoology 1220 (Insects and Humans). Many non-majors take Biology 1151 and 1152 as well as courses listed on page 2. The taking of both Biology 1100 and 1151 may not meet the equivalent of 4-5 semester hours of science credit involving laboratory work at the four-year institution.

Descriptions of courses can be found at Course catalog on line

Major-Courses to consider

Animal Sciences-Zoology 2250, 2260.

Biology-Biology 2150, Botany 1320, 2350, 2360, Zoology 2250, 2260.

Botany-Botany 2350, 2360, 1320,Biology 2150

Ecology-Biology 2150, Botany, 1320, 2350, 2360, Zoology 2260.

Food Sciences-Microbiology 1420

Pre-Medical Laboratory-Microbiology 1420, Anatomy 1151/1152 or 1571/1572

Pre-Medicine-Zoology 2260, 2260, Biology 2150.

Nursing-Anatomy and Physiology 1151/1152 or 1571, 1572, Microbiology 1420.

Nutrition and Dietetics-Microbiology 1420.

Oceanography-Zoology 2260, Biology 2150, Botany 2350.

Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy-Anatomy and Physiology 1151/1152, or 1171/1172.

Pre-Pharmacy-Anatomy and Physiology 1151/1152 or 1171/1172, Microbiology 1420.

Pre-Physician Assistant-Biology 2150, Microbiology 1420, Zoology 2250, 2260.

Pre-Physical/Pre-Occupational Therapy-Anatomy and Physiology 1151/1152 or 1171/1172.

Pre-Veterinary Science-Zoology 2260, 2250.

Wildlife Biology-Biology 2150, Botany 2350, 2360, Zoology 2260.

Zoology-Zoology 1220, 2250, 2260, Biology 2150.

The courses listed above generally transfer based on equivalent course or science credit.

Additional information can be found at the web sites below.

College of DuPage homepage
Biology site on the College of DuPage homepage for more advising information
College of DuPage Transfer Guide
The Natural Areas on Campus (by Brian McQuaid - The Natural Areas Manager)

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