Electives from biological sciences courses at the 300 or 400 level (32)
Biology electives are offered in four primary areas of departmental specialization and include:
1) Biomedical Pre-Professional
2) Cell and Molecular Biotechnology
4) Biodiversity: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Students should consult with the departmental advisor for assistance in selecting the appropriate sequence of courses within one of these fields of study. Lists of biology upper level elective courses that are particularly relevant for each of the tracks are available in the Department of Biological Sciences office and website.
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.
Students will receive upper level credit for BIOS transfer courses articulated as a “BIOS EL” in the Community College Articulation Handbook.