Mar 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Biological Sciences (B.S.)

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A minimum of 15 of the 46 semester hours of biology required for the major must be taken at NIU.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Requirements in Department (46)

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.

Biology electives

Biology electives are offered in four primary areas of departmental specialization and include:

1) Biomedical Pre-Professional
2) Cell and Molecular Biotechnology
3) Microbiology
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.

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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