Apr 11, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Biological Sciences (B.S.)


A minimum of 15 of the 46 semester hours of biology required for the major must be taken at NIU. A combined maximum of 9 semester hours of credit in BIOS 370, BIOS 490, BIOS 495, and BIOS 499, including no more than 3 semester hours from BIOS 490, may be applied to the major.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

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)


Chemistry


Math


  • Credits: 3
  • Available for Foundational Studies Quantitative Literacy Requirement.

  •       Or satisfactory performance on the Mathematics Placement Exam  

  • Credits: 4
  • Available for Foundational Studies Quantitative Literacy Requirement.
    Performance on the Mathematics Placement Exam that results in a placement into MATH 229 will waive the MATH 155 requirement for the degree.

  • AND   Credits: 4
  •       OR   Credits: 4
  •       Available for Foundational Studies Quantitative Literacy Requirement.

  •             AND   Credits: 4
  •             Available for General Education credit in the Nature and Technology Domain.

  •                   OR MATH 229 - Calculus I Credits: 4 AND STAT 200 - Elementary Statistics Credits: 4
                     

Physics


TOTAL HOURS FOR A MAJOR IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: 77-79


General Education Requirements (12-21)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining general education requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the general education requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the general education credit requirements.

The required minimum of 21 semester hours in Knowledge Domain studies cannot include more than two courses in any one department. (A course with an affiliated laboratory course shall be counted as a single course.)

Foundational Studies (0-9)


Writing Requirement (0-6)
Oral Communication Requirement (0-3)
Quantitative Literacy Requirements (0)

  • Satisfied by program requirement MATH 211 or MATH 229

For additional information about these requirements, please visit Foundational Studies .

Knowledge Domain Requirements (12)


Creativity and Critical Analysis (6)

Nature and Technology (0)

Society and Culture (6)

Knowledge Domain Elective (0)  

  • 3 hours satisfied by required courses in BIOS, CHEM, PHYS.

Graduation Requirements (6-9)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining graduation requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the graduation requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the graduation credit requirements.

Human Diversity Requirement (0-3)

  • One course from the approved Human Diversity course list; may be fulfilled by extracurricular activities. Human Diversity Course List  

Writing Infused Requirements (6)

TOTAL HOURS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: 18-30


TOTAL HOURS FOR ELECTIVES: 11-25


TOTAL HOURS FOR A B.S. DEGREE IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (120)


Recommendation


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.