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Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Biological Sciences at Northwestern 

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

Required life science classes for our major will change coincident with the 2020-21 College Catalog, in September 2020; therefore, we are providing here BOTH current AND upcoming requirements. Students who have declared our major prior to the new Catalog may choose either set of requirements (including appropriate concentrations) under which to graduate; students arriving at Northwestern in Fall 2020 must follow the new Catalog’s requirements.

REQUIRED LIFE SCIENCES COURSES as per the 2019-2020 Catalog
REQUIRED LIFE SCIENCES COURSES as per the 2020-2021 Catalog

Concentrations and their requirements will change coincident with the 2020-2021 College Catalog; thus we are providing below BOTH current AND upcoming Concentrations, with their related course requirements.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

 REQUIREMENTS AS PER 2019-2020 CATALOG

 1. Biochemistry & Biophysics

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

2. Cell Biology & Physiology

3. Molecular Genetics & Genomics

4. Molecular Neurobiology

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

5. Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology

6. Interdisciplinary Biology

An approved Interdisciplinary Biology concentration will include four classes that form a coherent course of study. (Students declaring this concentration will not have a required 300 level Elective, thus equilibrating the total number of required 300 level classes.)

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS, AS PER 2020-2021 CATALOG (Declarable from September 2020 onward)

1. Biochemistry & Biophysics

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

Choose any three:

2. Cell & Developmental Biology

Choose any three:

3. Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Choose any three:

4. Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology

Choose any three:

5. Human Health & Disease

Choose any three:

6. Computational & Systems Biology

Coding requirement:  CS110, or CS111, or NICO101+102-counts in place of the one non-CSB 300-level Bio course

Choose any three:

7. Molecular Neurobiology

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

Choose any three:

8. Interdisciplinary Biology

Design your own specialization:  choose 3 of any 300-level courses (with program approval)

 

 

 

 

 


 

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