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Introduction 

The Department of Biology currently offers an undergraduate major and  a minor in biology.  The broadly-based requirements of the major are designed to prepare students for: (1) advanced studies in biology, biomedical sciences, environmental biology, ecology and applied ecology; (2) professional training in medicine, dentistry, optometry, chiropractic, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other health professions; (3) teaching of biology in secondary schools; or (4) career opportunities in research, biomedical sciences, agriculture, industry, government, and academic institutions.  The department also has a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree.

Students interested in completing a major or minor in biology are strongly urged to declare the major early and seek advisement from a departmental advisor.  It is particularly important that students be aware that if they complete the major in Biology, they are exempted from having to take any courses in the Natural Sciences distribution area of the General Education Program.

NOTE that before enrolling in any Biology courses that count toward the major or the minor, all students must have earned the following minimum scores on placement tests (or must have successfully completed equivalent coursework):  a score of 6 on the reading placement test, a score of 7 on the writing placement test and a score of 30 on the math placement test. 

In addition, students should be aware that a maximum of 18 credit hours of biology courses can be accepted toward the Biology Major in transfer credits, and a maximum of 9 credit hours of transfer credits can be accepted toward the Biology Minor.

Completion of the Major in Biology for the Bachelor of Science Degree will meet the state-mandated Biology requirements for secondary teacher certification in Biology.  Students who major in Biology and Secondary Education should consult with an advisor in both Biology and in the College of Education.

Admission to the Program 

Freshmen:  19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT or top 50% class rank.

Transfer:  Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.

Degree Requirements 

Bachelor Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern.

Additional Requirements

1.  General Education Program:  All undergraduate students must complete the General Education Program requirements consisting of 39 semester hours in the following distribution areas:
Social/Behaviour Sciences (12 hours)
Natural Sciences (9 hours)
Mathematics (3 hours; grade of "C" or higher at college level)
Humanities (9 hours)
Fine Arts (6 hours)

2.  University Requirements:  English Composition I (grade of "C" or higher) and one Improving Human Relations course (consult the schedule of classes or catalog for listing of courses).
3.  Residency:  The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.
4.  Upper Division:  Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.

5.  Academic Major and Minor:  Undergradute students must complete a major.  Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses.  Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate and profressional sequences.  No "P" grades will count toward a major, moinior or approved area of study.  All grade point average requirements must be met for successful completeion of a program of study.
6.  Grade Point Average:  To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average).  Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements.  Check with your academic advisor.

Requirements are subject to change so please refer to the current catalog for up-to-date information.

Courses 

Major in Biology

MAJOR IN BIOLOGY  (69-71 credit hours total:  44-46 credits in Biology + 25 credits in cognate areas)

Required Biology Courses:

The following six core courses are required of all majors.  (Note that BIO-150 must be taken concurrently with BIO-201.)

BIO-150 Essential Skills for Biologists.......................2 cr.

BIO-201 General Biology I .........................................4 cr.

BIO-202  General Biology II.........................................4 cr.

BIO-301  Cell Biology .................................................4 cr.

BIO-303 General Genetics..........................................4 cr.

BIO-305  General Ecology ..........................................4 cr.

Five elective courses must also be taken.  Four of these must be Biology courses, one of which must focus on plants and one must focus on animals.  The fifth course may be in Biology, or can be a course from another department, as long as it has been approved by the Biology Department to count as an elective.  Students should check with the Biology Department Office or their advisor for a list of approved courses.............................................................................19-20 cr.

One capstone course must also be taken after a student has made substantial progress toward completing the major requirements.  The capstone requirement can be satisfied by taking BIO-390 (Biology Senior Seminar)  OR BIO-391 (Internship in Biology) OR BIO-392 and 393 (Independent Research), OR BIO-394 (Seminar in Teaching of Biology ).  Students should check the catalog or their advisor to determine the pre-requisites for each of these options..................................................................................3-4 cr.

Required Cognate Courses:

CHEM-211              General Chemistry I .................................5 cr.

CHEM-212              General Chemistry II..................................4 cr.

CHEM-231              Organic Chemistry I..................................4 cr.

MATH-185              Pre-Calculus Mathematics .......................4 cr.

and

Two semesters of Physics, either algebra-based (PHYS-201 and 202) or calculus-based (PHYS 206 and 207), with labs (PHYS 203 and 204) .........................................................8 cr.

Additional courses may be recommended by the student’s

advisor in relation to the student’s goals.

Program Contact Information 

Financial Aid

For Financial Aid Information, call (773) 442-5160 or visit the web at http://www.neiu.edu/FinAid.htm.  Clock on Financial Aid & Scholarships. 
 
Northeastern's Federal School code is 001693.
 
For Foundation Scholarship information, contact Michelle Morrow at scholarships@neiu.edu or visit the web at http://www.neiu.edu.   Go to the Prospective Student tab and click on Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Admissions Counseling

Meet an Admission Counselor in the Admissions Counseling Office.  Prospective students are seen on a walk-in basis.  Admissions Counselors are availble:
 
Monday thru Thursday
9:00am to 6:30pm
 
Fridays
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
 
Admissions office:  (773) 442+4050
 
For further information, please call (773) 442-6111.

Other 

Subject to change. See current catalog for up-to-date information. For further information call (773) 442-5740.

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