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.

Biochemistry B.S. Biochemistry B.A.
YearFallWinterSpring YearFallWinterSpring
1 BIO 1511
MTH 1512
ENG 115 or 1253
FYE 100
CHM 141
MTH 152
IDS 125 or GenEd
BIO 152
CHM 142
IDS 125 or GenEd
 1 BIO 1511
MTH 1512
ENG 115 or 1253
FYE 100
CHM 141
MTH 152
IDS 125 or GenEd
BIO 152
CHM 142
IDS 125 or GenEd
2 CHM 220
BIO 251
GenEd
BIO/CHM 4754
CHM 221
BIO 252
PSY 250
CHM 222
CHM 210
GenEd
 2 CHM 220
BIO 251
GenEd
BIO/CHM 4754
CHM 221
BIO 252
GenEd
CHM 222
CHM 210
GenEd
3 BIO 360
PHY 141
ENG 315
BIO/CHM 4754
BCM 365
PHY 142
GenEd
BCM elective5
PHY 143A8
 3 BIO 360
PHY 141
ENG 315
BIO/CHM 4754
BCM 365
PHY 142
GenEd
PHY 143A8
GenEd
GenEd or elective
4 CHM 3416 or
  BCM elective
GenEd
GenEd
BIO/CHM 4754
BCM elective
GenEd
GenEd or elective
BCM 465
CHM 3406
GenEd or elective
 4 CHM 3416
GenEd
GenEd
BIO/CHM 4754
GenEd
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BCM 4657CHM 3406

GenEd or elective

Research experience is required for all BCM majors. Taking BCM 465, which has an independent research project as its laboratory, and presenting the project in seminar (BIO/CHM 475) meets this requirement. Students interested in research careers are encouraged to do summer research or investigate additional research opportunities.

Notes:

1BCM majors need to take BIO 151 & 152 and CHM 141 & 152 in the first year; the order does not need to be as shown here. BIO 151 and CHM 141 are offered both Fall and Winter terms, and BIO 152 and CHM 142 are offered both Winter and Spring terms.

2Assumes the student has successfully completed pre-calculus in high school. Students with weaker math backgrounds should take MTH 140, MTH 141 and MTH 152 instead.

3Students with an ACT English score ≥28 take ENG 125 and do not need to take IDS 125.

4BCM majors take the BIO/CHM 475 Seminar course three times: twice for zero credit as audience members and once for one credit to present their research. Starting this process in sophomore year is recommended, in order to get an idea of the kinds of research that are possible. It could be taken in any term.

5BCM majors seeking the BS degree take three advanced electives chosen from a number of BIO and CHM courses (see catalog).

6BCM majors are required to take either CHM 340 or CHM 341. The other may be taken as an elective for the BS.

7BCM 465 fulfulls the General Education requirement for a Leadership, Ethics and Values ACR seminar.

8PHY 143A is recommended for BIO and BCM majors unless they are planning to continue on to PHY 244, in which case PHY 143C is the appropriate course.