North Central College
Course Planning for the Life Sciences

Below are some sample four-year plans for biology and biochemistry majors. Use the tabs to see a plan which matches your situation, but remember that your plan should be designed based on your interests and future goals. You should discuss your plans with your academic advisor.

Option 1: Biology Professions track
The Biology Professions track allows students to build a program to prepare them for a career at the interface between biology and a field such as education, math, computer science, environmental studies, psychology, neuroscience, physics or business. This track requires a second major in a complementary area.
YearFallSpring
1 BIOL 195
CHEM 121
GenEd quantitative
GenEd seminar
BIOL 210
CHEM 122
GenEd seminar
GenEd or 2nd major
2 BIOL 220
BIOL 2901 (0 cr)
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
BIOL 230
BIOL 240 (2 cr)
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
3 300-level BIOL2
BIOL 2901 (0 cr)
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
300-level BIOL2
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
4 BIOL Capstone3
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
BIOL 490 (1 cr)
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
GenEd or 2nd major
Option 2: Health Professions track
The Health Professions track is is designed to be compatible with the requirements of professional schools in areas such as nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, etc. Students interested in MD/DO, DDS or DVM programs should consider the BS Biomedical Science track.)
YearFallSpring
1 BIOL 195
CHEM 121
GenEd quantitative
GenEd seminar
BIOL 210
CHEM 122
GenEd seminar
GenEd or elective
2 BIOL 220
CHEM 251 or PHYS 131
BIOL 2901 (0 cr)
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BIOL 230
BIOL 240 (2 cr)
CHEM 252 or PHYS 132
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
3 BIOL 201
BIOL 2901 (0 cr)
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BIOL 202
PHIL 213 or SOAR 215
   or KINE 230 or 300
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
4 300-level BIOL2
300-level BIOL2
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BIOL Capstone3
BIOL 490 (1 cr)
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective

Research experience is required for all BIOL majors. The 400-level Capstone courses (BIOL 410 or 450 or BCHM 465) have an independent research project as the laboratory, and presenting this project in seminar meets the research requirement. Students interested in research careers are encouraged to do summer research or independent study or to investigate additional research opportunities.

Notes:

1BIOL majors take the BIOL 290 Seminar course twice for zero credit as audience members/evaluators prior to presentin their own research in BIOL 490. Taking the first BIOL 290 in the first or second year is recommended.

2BA BIOL majors take two 300-level electives; they may be taken in any semester or order following completion of BIOL 230. Some of these courses are offered only in alternating years. BCHM 365 is recommended for many professional schools.

3Choose one Capstone course from BIOL 410, BIOL 450, and BCHM 465.