North Central College
Majoring in the Life Sciences
[Biology Student]

     North Central College offers two main majors in the life sciences: Biology and Biochemistry. For each of these majors, students can choose to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

     In Biology, the BA degree is intended primarily for secondary education majors or transfer students who are unable to take all of the support courses for a BS degree. In Biochemistry, both degrees provide appropriate preparation for employment or post-graduate study, with the BS adding additional experience.

The majors at a glance:

 BiologyBiochemistry
 BABSBABS
Introductory BiologyBIO 151 and 152BIO 151 and 152
Sophomore CoreBIO 251, 252 and 253BIO 251 and 252
Chemistry core:
   Introduction
   Organic
   Analytical
   Physical
   Biochemistry
 
CHM 141 and 142
recommended
recommended
 
CHM 141 and 142
CHM 220, 221 & 222
CHM 210
 
CHM 141 and 142
CHM 220, 221 & 222
CHM 210
CHM 340 or 341
BCM 365
Math:
   Calculus
   Statistics
 
MTH 141 or
PSY 250
 
through MTH 152
PSY 250 or MTH 342
 
through MTH 152
 
through MTH 152
PSY 250 or MTH 342
PhysicsrecommendedPHY 141, 142 & 143A or 143C (143A recommended for med school)
or PHY 115 & 116 (summer option)
Advanced electivesBIO or BCM courses
in areas of interest
to meet credit hour requirement
noneAny three of:
BIO 242, 301, 302, 320, 340, 416, 430, 440; CHM 340, 341, 405, 410, 425
CapstoneBIO 405, 416, 430, 440 or BCM 465BCM 465
Credit hours34 hours, including
  ≥7.5 hours at 300 level
37 hours, including
  27 hours ≥ 200 level
  ≥7.5 hours at 300 level
47.75 total credit hours
in biology and chemistry
Research experienceResearch course (BIO 405, 416, 430, 440 or BCM 465), summer research or other independent project
Research seminarBIO/CHM 475 (2 terms as participant, 1 as presenter)

Minors and additional options in the life sciences:

Typical course schedules:

A number of possible course schedules are shown on the Schedule Planning page. Students should always consult with their academic advisors to ensure their plans meet their particular needs.

Links to schedule-planning resources