North Central College
The Biology and Biochemistry Majors

The tables below outline graduation requirements for Biology and Biochemistry majors. This information is provided as a guide only: the College catalog is your official source for details of courses and requirements. The catalog in effect for your first semester at North Central determines your graduation requirements, unless you have requested to switch to a later catalog. See also our four-year plans page for help in fitting the curriculum into your schedule.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology

 Biological Science trackBiomedical Science track
Core
Courses
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
   or BIOL 205 - Exploring Biology (transfers, 2 cr)
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 220 - Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
BIOL 240 - Biostatistics (2 cr)
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
   or BIOL 205 - Exploring Biology (transfers, 2 cr)
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems*
BIOL 220 - Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes*
BIOL 240 - Biostatistics (2 cr)
Anatomy &
Physiology
  BIOL 201 - Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 202 - Anatomy & Physiology II
Advanced
Electives
Three courses from:
BIOL 310 - Animal Biology
BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology
BIOL 320 - Plant Growth & Function
BIOL 325 - Plant Interactions in a Changing World
BIOL 330 - Evolution
BIOL 340 - Infectious Disease
BIOL 350 - Conservation Ecology
BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer
BIOL 370 - Mechanisms of Development
BCHM 365 - Biochemistry
NEUR 310 - Molecular Neuroscience
Two courses from:
BIOL 310 - Animal Biology
BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology
BIOL 320 - Plant Growth & Function
BIOL 325 - Plant Interactions in a Changing World
BIOL 330 - Evolution
BIOL 340 - Infectious Disease
BIOL 350 - Conservation Ecology
BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer
BIOL 370 - Mechanisms of Development
NEUR 310 - Molecular Neuroscience
Support
Courses
CHEM 121 & 122 - General Chemistry I & II
CHEM 251 & 252 - Organic Chemistry I & II
CHEM 310 - Chemical Analysis
PHYS 131 & 132 - Physics I & II
MATH 151 & 152 - Calculus I & II
CHEM 121 & 122 - General Chemistry I & II*
CHEM 251 & 252 - Organic Chemistry I & II*
BCHM 365 - Biochemistry*
PHYS 131 & 132 - Physics I & II*
MATH 151 - Calculus I*
Enrichment  One course from:
PHIL 213 - Healthcare Ethics
SOAR 215 - Sociology of Health
KINE 230 - Community Health
KINE 300 - Epidemiology
Capstone BIOL 400 - Capstone Studies in Biol Sciences (2 cr)
   Each lab section has a different topic; choose a lab matching your interests
Research,1
Careers
& Seminar
BIOL 290 - Seminar (0 cr; attend as participant/evaluator, freshman year suggested)
BIOL 390 - Careers in the Biological Sciences (2 cr; fall only, sophomore year suggested)
BIOL 490 - Seminar (1 cr; present your research)
 
 Biology Education track
 Science CoursesEducation Courses
Core
Courses
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
   or BIOL 205 - Exploring Biology (transfers, 2 cr)
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 220 - Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
BIOL 240 - Biostatistics (2 cr)
EDUC 101 - Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning
EDUC 200 - Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 290 - Field Experience I (1 cr)
EDUC 322 - Equitable Learning Environment (2 cr)
EDUC 330 - Teaching Students with Disabilities
EDUC 360 - Content Area Literacies
EDUC 390 - Field Experience II (1 cr)
EDUC 403 - Assessment of Learning (2 cr)
EDUC 411 - Equity & Access in Educational Systems
EDUC 446 - Methods: Science
EDUC 490 - Field Experience III (1 cr)
EDUC 494 & 496 - Student Teaching (12 cr)
Advanced
Electives
Three courses from:
BIOL 310 - Animal Biology
BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology
BIOL 320 - Plant Growth & Function
BIOL 325 - Plant Interactions in a Changing World
BIOL 330 - Evolution
BIOL 340 - Infectious Disease
BIOL 350 - Conservation Ecology
BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer
BIOL 370 - Mechanisms of Development
BCHM 365 - Biochemistry
NEUR 310 - Molecular Neuroscience
Support
Courses
CHEM 121 & 122 - General Chemistry I & II
PHYS 131 - Physics I
MATH 151 - Calculus I
SCIE 141 - Earth Science
PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior
Capstone BIOL 400 - Capstone Studies in Biological Sciences (2 cr)
   Each lab section has a different topic; choose a lab matching your interests
Research,1
Careers
& Seminar
BIOL 290 - Seminar (0 cr; attend as participant/evaluator)
BIOL 390 - Careers in the Biological Sciences (2 cr; fall only)
BIOL 490 - Seminar (1 cr; present your research)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology

 Health Professions trackBiology Professions track
 Course NumberCourse Name
Core
Courses
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
   or BIOL 205 - Exploring Biology (transfers, 2 cr)
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 220 - Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
BIOL 240 - Biostatistics (2 cr)
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
   or BIOL 205 - Exploring Biology (transfers, 2 cr)
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 220 - Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
BIOL 240 - Biostatistics (2 cr)
Anatomy &
Physiology
BIOL 201 - Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 202 - Anatomy & Physiology II
 
Advanced
Electives
Two courses from:
BIOL 310 - Animal Biology
BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology
BIOL 320 - Plant Growth & Function
BIOL 325 - Plant Interactions in a Changing World
BIOL 330 - Evolution
BIOL 340 - Infectious Disease
BIOL 350 - Conservation Ecology
BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer
BIOL 370 - Mechanisms of Development
BCHM 365 - Biochemistry
NEUR 310 - Molecular Neuroscience
Two courses from:
BIOL 310 - Animal Biology
BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology
BIOL 320 - Plant Growth & Function
BIOL 325 - Plant Interactions in a Changing World
BIOL 330 - Evolution
BIOL 340 - Infectious Disease
BIOL 350 - Conservation Ecology
BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer
BIOL 370 - Mechanisms of Development
BCHM 365 - Biochemistry
NEUR 310 - Molecular Neuroscience
Support
Courses
CHEM 121 & 122 - General Chemistry I & II
CHEM 251 & 252 - Organic Chemistry I & II
   or PHYS 131 & 132 - Physics I & II
CHEM 121 & 122 - General Chemistry I & II
Enrichment One course from:
PHIL 213 - Healtcare Ethics
SOAR 215 - Sociology of Health
KINE 230 - Community Health
KINE 300 - Epidemiology
Second major (e.g., SecEd, ENVI, NEUR, CSCI, MATH)
Capstone BIOL 400 - Capstone Studies in Biological Sciences (2 cr)
   Each lab section has a different topic; choose a lab matching your interests
Research,1
Careers
& Seminar
BIOL 290 - Seminar (0 cr; attend as participant/evaluator, freshman year suggested)
BIOL 390 - Careers in the Biological Sciences (2 cr; fall only, sophomore year suggested)
BIOL 490 - Seminar (1 cr; present your research)

Biochemistry

Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary major at the interface of Biology and Chemistry. There are two degrees, Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA). The BS degree includes more advanced courses to build depth, while the BA degree allows more room for a minor or second major to build breadth.

 Bachelor of Arts (BA)Bachelor of Science (BS)
Biology
Core
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
   or BIOL 205 - Exploring Biology (transfers, 2 cr)
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
   or BIOL 205 - Exploring Biology (transfers, 2 cr)
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
Chemistry
Core
CHEM 121 & 122 - General Chemistry I & II
CHEM 251 & 252 - Organic Chemistry I & II
CHEM 310 - Chemical Analysis
CHEM 121 & 122 - General Chemistry I & II
CHEM 251 & 252 - Organic Chemistry I & II
CHEM 310 - Chemical Analysis
Biochemistry
Depth
BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer
BCHM 365 - Biochemistry
CHEM 340 - Thermodynamics & Kinetics
   or CHEM 345 - Quantum Chemistry & Spectroscopy
BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer
BCHM 365 - Biochemistry
CHEM 340 - Thermodynamics & Kinetics
   or CHEM 345 - Quantum Chemistry & Spectroscopy
Advanced
Electives
  Twelve credit hours from:
BIOL 242 - Bioinformatics (1 cr)
BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology
BIOL 320 - Plant Growth & Function
BIOL 330 - Evolution
BIOL 340 - Infectious Disease
BIOL 370 - Mechanisms of Development
CHEM 311 - Separation Methods (2 cr)
CHEM 312 - Spectrometry & Spectroscopy (2 cr)
CHEM 313 - Materials & Surface Anal (2 cr)
CHEM 315 - Spectral Interpretation (2 cr)
CHEM 340 - Thermodynamics & Kinetics (if not taken for core)
CHEM 345 - Quantum Chemistry & Spectroscopy (if not taken for core)
CHEM 401 - Advanced Inorganic Chem
CHEM 451 - Advanced Organic Chem
CHEM 455 - Organometallic Chem
Support
Courses
PHYS 131 & 132 - Physics I & II
MATH 151 - Calculus I
PHYS 131 & 132 - Physics I & II
MATH 151 - Calculus I
Capstone
& Research1
BCHM 400 - Capstone Studies in Biol. Science (2 cr)
   Choose the lab section with a molecular project
BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research (2 cr)
BCHM 400 - Capstone Studies in Biol. Science (2 cr)
   Choose the lab section with a molecular project
BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research (2 cr)
Careers
& Seminar
CHEM 391, 392 and 493 - Chemistry Seminar
   or BIOL 290, 390 and 490 - Biology Seminar
CHEM 391, 392 and 493 - Chemistry Seminar
   or BIOL 290, 390 and 490 - Biology Seminar

1Research experience is required for all BIOL and BCHM majors. BIOL/BCHM 400 has an independent research project as the laboratory, and presenting this project in seminar meets the research requirement. BIOL/BCHM 400 is offered every semester and has one lab section with a molecular, biochemical, or genetic research project and a second section with an organismal, behavioral, or ecological research project. Students interested in research careers are encouraged to do summer research or independent study or to investigate additional research opportunities.