Why pursue a biology degree at North Central College?

You’ll delve into scientific research from day one as a biology major at North Central. Our research-rich curriculum and collaboration with faculty on real-world research projects will help you develop the skills of a scientist. You may present your findings at North Central’s own Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research or at a national conference, and you may even publish your work. You’ll gain broad experience—from molecules and cells to organisms and ecological systems—and prepare for a career in research, medicine, education, environment or biotechnology.

You can also:

  • Apply for our funded summer research program.
  • Attend on-campus seminar presentations by students, alumni, and professionals in your field.
  • Perform fieldwork in Costa Rica, Arizona or other locations.
  • Work with a dedicated Pre-Health Advisor and the Pre-Health Organization for students.
  • Join the Beta Beta Beta (βββ) biological honor society.
  • Minor in environmental studies, neuroscience or bioinformatics.
  • Study at the Shedd Aquarium or Morton Arboretum.
  • Be a student lab assistant.

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Curriculum for the B.A. Degree

Major Requirements

At least 34 credit hours in biology, to include at least 7.5 at the 300-level. Biochemistry courses BCM 365 and BCM 465 and the neuroscience course NSC 300 may be used to fulfill these requirements.

Required Courses

  • BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I
  • BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II
  • BIO 251 - Genes and Evolution
  • BIO 252 - Cells and Systems
  • BIO 253 - Ecology and Environment
  • 400-level Capstone Course

One of the following:

  • BIO 405 - Animal Behavior
  • BIO 416 - Environmental Biology
  • BIO 430 - Developmental Genetics
  • BIO 440 - Infectious Disease
  • BCM 465 - Advanced Biochemistry

Research Experience

Students must take at least one course which incorporates a research experience (BIO 405, BIO 416, BIO 430, BIO 440 or BCM 465) or independent research experience, such as summer research on- or off-campus. Subsequently, the student presents the results of the research experience to the biology faculty and peers at a seminar. The required seminar, BIO 475, is taken over three terms (not necessarily consecutive). At the beginning of the sequence, the student is an observer and questioner. During the term in which the student enrolls to make his/her seminar presentation, a total of one credit hour is awarded for the entire sequence.

Required Support Courses

Chemistry

  • CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules
  • CHM 142 - General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry

Mathematics and Statistics

One of the following:

  • MTH 141 - Integrated Calculus II: Calculus of Derivatives
    (or a higher-level mathematics course)
  • PSY 250 - Statistics

Recommended Electives

  • CHM 220 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 221 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 222 - Organic Chemistry III
  • MTH 152 - Calculus II
  • PHY 141 - Physics I
  • PHY 142 - Physics II
  • PHY 143A - Physics III (Algebra-Based) -or-
  • PHY 143C - Physics III (Calculus-Based)

-or-

  • PHY 115 - College Physics I
  • PHY 116 - College Physics II
  • PSY 250 - Statistics -or-
  • MTH 342 - Probability and Statistics II

Licensure for Secondary Education in Science

Licensure for secondary education in science requires a degree in Biology, Chemistry or Physics as well as a supplemental major in Secondary Education. The B.A. degree in Biology or Chemistry is recommended for education students; in Physics, education students should choose the B.S. Teaching Track. A student will need over 120 total credit hours to complete this degree, although licensure requirements in anatomy, astronomy, and geology may be met by successful completion of an exam, reducing the total number of credit hours required. Consult the Education Department Handbook for all licensure requirements.

Other

Transfer students must take at least 11 credit hours in Biology at North Central College, and at least 7.5 of the 11 must be at the 200-level or higher.


Curriculum for the B.S. Degree

Major Requirements

At least 37 credit hours in biology, to include a minimum of 27 at or above the 200-level and at least 7.5 at the 300-level. Biochemistry courses BCM 365 and BCM 465 and the neuroscience course NSC 300 may be used to fulfill these requirements.

Required Courses

  • BIO 151 - Biological Investigations I
  • BIO 152 - Biological Investigations II
  • BIO 251 - Genes and Evolution
  • BIO 252 - Cells and Systems
  • BIO 253 - Ecology and Environment
  • 400-level Capstone Course

One of the following:

  • BIO 405 - Animal Behavior
  • BIO 416 - Environmental Biology
  • BIO 430 - Developmental Genetics
  • BIO 440 - Infectious Disease
  • BCM 465 - Advanced Biochemistry

Research Experience

Students must take at least one course which incorporates a research experience (BIO 405, BIO 416, BIO 430, BIO 440 or BCM 465) or independent research experience, such as summer research on- or off-campus. Subsequently, the student presents the results of the research experience to the biology faculty and peers at a seminar. The required seminar, BIO 475, is taken over three terms (not necessarily consecutive). At the beginning of the sequence, the student is an observer and questioner. During the term in which the student enrolls to make his/her seminar presentation, a total of one credit hour is awarded for the entire sequence.

Required Support Courses

Introductory and Analytical Chemistry

  • CHM 141 - General Chemistry I: Bio-organic Molecules
  • CHM 142 - General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry
  • CHM 210 - Chemical Analysis

Organic Chemistry

  • CHM 220 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 221 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 222 - Organic Chemistry III

-or-

  • CHM 215 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 216 - Organic Chemistry II

Mathematics and Statistics

  • MTH 152 - Calculus II
  • One of the following:
    • MTH 342 - Probability and Statistics II
    • PSY 250 - Statistics

Physics

  • PHY 141 - Physics I
  • PHY 142 - Physics II
  • PHY 143A - Physics III (Algebra-Based) -or-
  • PHY 143C - Physics III (Calculus-Based)

-or-

  • PHY 115 - College Physics I
  • PHY 116 - College Physics II

Note:

*Pre-health students should take PHY 143A.

Other

Transfer students must take at least 11 credit hours in Biology at North Central College, and at least 7.5 of the 11 must be at the 200-level or higher.

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Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with a rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and to lead.

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in biology have been accepted at:

  • Midwestern University
  • John Carroll University
  • University of Illinois
  • Brandeis University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin

Medical and Professional Schools

Schools attended by recent graduates in biology include:

  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Loyola University School of Nursing
  • Kansas State Univ. College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Midwestern University physician assistant program
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • University of Illinois-Chicago Dental School
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine

Careers

Recent graduates in biology have been hired by:

  • Edward Hospital
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Oswego East High School
  • PharmaPro, Inc.
  • Romeoville High School
  • Shedd Aquarium


How to Apply

International Applicants must submit:

  • North Central College online application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcripts that include at least 3 years of grades
  • Official university transcripts with course descriptions (transfer applicants only)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT Scores (choose one)
  • Passport copy

*North Central notifies applicants of their admission decision and scholarship award within approximately two weeks of receiving a completed application.

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Program taught in:
  • English

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