Biology is the study of all life forms. Northwest faculty focus on preparing students for careers in all areas including botany, cell biology, ecology, environmental science, molecular biology, microbiology, and zoology. Upon completion of core courses, students choose an area in which to specialize based on interests.
The comprehensive major in biology emphasizing in general biology is the most flexible track as it provides students the opportunity to take courses in zoology, botany, ecology, physiology, microbiology, molecular and cell biology and environmental science to align their interests seek admission to graduate school.
The comprehensive major in biology with a general biology track does not require a minor.
*More than 98 percent of students who graduate with a degree in biology obtain employment or continue their education within six months after graduation. Jobs related to this major include:
*Based on self-reported data.
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
The award-winning Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship features labs with more than $3 million in state-of-the-art instruments and technology that undergraduate students may access to gain hands-on experience.
Professors at Northwest are committed to providing students with profession-based learning experiences. Some examples are:
Squaw Creek is located in Mound City and is a location designated for bird and wildlife breeding.
Students gain experience on campus with a synthetic cadaver in human anatomy courses. Undergraduate research experiences provide opportunities for students to develop as working scientists.
Garrett-Strong Science Building offers 26 labs where students gain profession-based experience on campus. The building is the home to the synthetic cadaver, aquarium, two museums and living animals that include a hedgehog, rats, iguanas and others kept in labs.
Faculty-led research is an opportunity for undergraduate students to produce original research with the goal of publishing their work. This is available for students showing interest in furthering their education.
Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area (M.O.E.R.A.) features more than 320 acres of land dedicated to providing experiential learning opportunities. Students taking wildlife ecology and conservation courses construct Sherman traps for small animals, pitfall traps for reptiles and amphibians and conduct vegetation surveys.
Although internships are not required with the biology major, they are highly encouraged to gain real-world experiences.
Study abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.
Students from the natural sciences department have recently traveled and studied in Hawaii.
The Northwest Core (48-52 hours)
Must include the following: BIOL 04106 Principles of Biology BIOL 04107 Principles of Biology Laboratory PHYS 25110 General Physics I PHYS 25111 General Physics I Laboratory MATH 17117 Precalculus OR MATH 17118 College Algebra OR MATH 17120 Calculus I
3 1 3 1 4 3 4
Required Collateral Courses
PHYS 25112 General Physics II PHYS 25113 General Physics II Laboratory CHEM 24114 General Chemistry I CHEM 24115 General Chemistry I Laboratory CHEM 24116 General Chemistry II CHEM 24117 General Chemistry II Laboratory CHEM 24242 Organic Chemistry CHEM 24243 Organic Chemistry Laboratory OR CHEM 24342 Organic Chemistry I CHEM 24343 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory MATH 17114 General Statistics
3 1 3 1 4 1 3 1 3 2 3
BIOL 04112 General Botany BIOL 04113 General Botany Laboratory BIOL 04114 General Zoology BIOL 04115 General Zoology Laboratory BIOL 04310 Cell Biology BIOL 04348 Biological Evolution and Diversity BIOL 04376 Basic Ecology BIOL 04491 Biological Science Seminar
3 1 3 1 4 2 4 4 1
Advisor-approved, upper-level electives
Minor Requirements and Free Electives (25-26)