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2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences (B.S.)

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A minimum of 15 of the 47 semester hours of biology required for the major must be taken at NIU.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Requirements in Department (47)

Note: There is a 50-semester-hour limit of biology courses whether or not they apply to the major.

Courses in Department

Please note corequisite information in courses below.

Course Sequencing

Students should consult with a departmental adviser for assistance in selecting the appropriate sequence of courses to constitute a track of study in one of the following subdisciplines of biology.

Animal organismal biology
Cellular and molecular biology
Ecology and evolution
Plant molecular biology
Plant organismal biology
Physiology and development
Teacher certification

Lists of courses appropriate to each of the above tracks are available in the department office and from department undergraduate advisers. Other tracks can be developed in consultation with an adviser.


Requirements outside Department (31-33)




Total Hours for a Major in Biological Sciences: 78-80


Many graduate programs in the biological sciences, such as those at NIU, require the Graduate Record Examinations (including the Subject Test in biology or biochemistry) for admission. Students intending to pursue graduate study in the biological sciences should take these examinations early in their senior year.

Transfer Credit

Students will receive upper level credit for BIOS transfer courses articulated as a “BIOS EL” in the Community College Articulation Handbook.

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