Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Biological Sciences at Northwestern (2017-18)

The undergraduate life sciences major offered in Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences is the Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences.  The curriculum for the Biological Sciences major includes the following components:

REQUIRED COURSES IN RELATED FIELDS
  • Mathematics 220 and 224, plus a course in statistics
  • Chemistry 103, 132, 152, or 172.
  • Chemistry 210-1,2 (or 212-1,2)
  • Physics 130-1,2,3 (or 135-1,2,3; or 125-1,2,3)
REQUIRED COURSES IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
  • Biological Sciences 215, 217, & 219
  • Biological Sciences 220, 221, & 222
  • Biological Sciences 308
  • Biological Sciences 341, 342, OR 391
  • Three specified Concentration courses
  • One additional 300 level BIOL SCI course
    • This 300 level course cannot be a 398 or 399.  Note for HPME students: This is our only requirement to which an HPME waiver may be applied.

 CONCENTRATION REQUIRMENTS

 1. Biochemistry & Biophysics

(This concentration is not available to students also pursuing a Biochemistry concentration within the Chemistry major.)

  • 321 Physical Biochemistry or 363 Biophysics
  • 323 Bioinformatics
  • 361 Protein Structure & Function

2. Cell Biology & Physiology

  • 315 Advanced Cell  Biology
  • 325 Animal Physiology
  • One of: 327, 328, 344, 355, 356, 358

3. Genetics & Genomics

  • 390 Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Two of: 378, 392, 393, 395 (at least one of which must be 378 or 393)

4. Molecular & Developmental Neurobiology

(This concentration is not available to students also pursuing a Neuroscience major.)

  • 302 Fundamentals of Neurobiology
  • 303 Molecular Neurobiology
  • One of: 304, 305, 326

5. Plant Biology

  • 330 Plant Biology
  • 349 Plant Community Ecology
  • One of: 336, 339, 346, 350