North Central College
The Biology and Biochemistry Majors

The tables below outline the graduation requirements for Biology and Biochemistry majors under the new curricula adopted for 2019-20. Please see the College catalog for details of courses and requirements.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology

There are two tracks leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biology. The Biological Science track is intended for students preparing for research and industry jobs of all kinds as well as post-graduate study (MS or PhD). The courses in this track meet the requirements of most graduate programs and jobs requiring rigorous preparation. The Biomedical Science track is tailored toward preparation for professional schools granting MD, DO, DDS or DVM degrees.

 Health Professions trackBiol track
 Course NumberCourse Name
Core
Courses
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 220 - Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
BIOL 240 - Biostatistics
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 220 - Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
BIOL 240 - Biostatistics
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 - Healtcare Ethics
SOAR 215 - Sociology of Health
KINE 230 - Community Health
KINE 300 - Epidemiology
Capstone One course from: BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior
BIOL 450 - Environmental Ecology
BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research
One course from: BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior
BIOL 450 - Environmental Ecology
BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research
Research1
& Seminar
BIOL 290 - Seminar for participants (twice)
BIOL 490 - Seminar for presenters
BIOL 290 - Seminar for participants (twice)
BIOL 490 - Seminar for presenters

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology

There are two tracks leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. The Health Professions track is intended for students preparing for professional programs leading to careers such as physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, etc. The Biology Professions track is intended to allow students to pursue a second major, qualifying them for careers at the interface of biology and a field such as education, mathematics, computer science, environmental studies, psychology, neuroscience, physics, engineering, business, etc.

 Biological Science trackBiomedical Science track
 Course NumberCourse Name
Core
Courses
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 220 - Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
BIOL 240 - Biostatistics
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 220 - Ecology & Evolution
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
BIOL 240 - Biostatistics
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 One course from: BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior
BIOL 450 - Environmental Ecology
BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research
One course from: BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior
BIOL 450 - Environmental Ecology
BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research
Research1
& Seminar
BIOL 290 - Seminar for participants (twice)
BIOL 490 - Seminar for presenters
BIOL 290 - Seminar for participants (twice)
BIOL 490 - Seminar for presenters

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 Science (BS)Bachelor of Arts (BA)
 Course NumberCourse Name
Biology
Core
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
BIOL 210 - Cells & Systems
BIOL 230 - Genes & Genomes
BIOL 195 - Investigating Biology
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 341 - Kinetics
or CHEM 342 - Thermodynamics
BIOL 360 - Molecular Biology of Cancer
BCHM 365 - Biochemistry
CHEM 341 - Kinetics
or CHEM 342 - Thermodynamics
Advanced
Electives
  Twelve credit hours from:
BIOL 242 - Bioinformatics
BIOL 315 - Animal Physiology
BIOL 320 - Plant Growth & Function
BIOL 330 - Evolution
BIOL 340 - Infectious Disease
BIOL 370 - Mechanisms of Development
BIOL 450 - Environmental Ecology
CHEM 311 - Separation Methods
CHEM 312 - Spectrometry & Spectroscopy
CHEM 313 - Materials & Surface Anal
CHEM 315 - Spectral Interpretation
CHEM 341 - Kinetics (if not taken for core)
CHEM 342 - Thermodynamics (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 BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research BCHM 465 - Advances in Biomedical Research
Research1
& Seminar
CHEM 391, 392 and 493 - Chemistry Seminar
or BIOL 290 (twice) and 490 - Biology Seminar
CHEM 391, 392 and 493 - Chemistry Seminar
or BIOL 290 (twice) and 490 - Biology Seminar

1Research experience is required for all BIOL and BCHM majors. The 400-level Capstone courses 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.