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Department of Biological Sciences

From general biology to medical careers, our department helps you succeed with a comprehensive education in the biological sciences.

Academic Programs

Our rigorous programs bring real-world experience to the classroom, building the knowledge you need to succeed.

Undergraduate


Graduate

PNW provided me with a strong science foundation. I was able to build a relationship with many of the faculty and staff. They taught me leadership and allowed me to grow as an individual.

Alejandra Rodriguez
Biological Sciences

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My experience as a biology student at Purdue Northwest was highlighted by ample opportunities to learn and grow both inside and outside of the classroom. Moving forward as a graduate student and researcher, I’ll always be proud to say that I went to Purdue University Northwest!

Jordan J. Nikkel, Biological Sciences, ’21

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My experiences at PNW have given me the confidence and skill set I needed to continue the pursuit of success outside of the classroom. If I could give one piece of advice to any student at PNW, it would be to not be afraid to ask any and all questions. It’s the best way to find the correct answers.

Megan Gliva, Biological Sciences MS, ’21

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College isn’t just about attending classes. It’s also about getting involved, gaining relevant experience and making connections. PNW offered that well-rounded experience.

Rachel Pash, Biological Sciences, ’21

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PNW recognized among best Midwest universities by U.S. News and World Report

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is recognized for its campus diversity and several undergraduate programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 annual Best Colleges rankings.

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Resources

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Take the Journey

Admissions

Explore how you can apply to our myriad of programs, from biological to medical laboratory science.

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Student Resources

Invest Your Future

Take advantage of resources that will contribute to your success, including scholarships, internships and research opportunities.

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Contributing to Science

Faculty & Research

There are many opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with our recognized faculty.

News & Announcements

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Purdue University Northwest enrolls increasingly diverse student population

Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) fall 2022 enrollment figures show positive trends of first-time freshman enrollment and increasing diversity at the university. First-time freshmen enrollment was up 21%!

Dr. Hassan Naji

The Last Word with Dr. Hassan Naji

In the wake of the pandemic, epidemiologists and other healthcare professionals working to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases have become rockstars. Read about Dr. Naji’s rockstar status on the Flourish website.

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Purdue Northwest’s 2022-2023 Lionhearted Leaders

We are delighted to announce Purdue Northwest’s 2022-2023 Lionhearted Leaders! The Lionhearted Leaders Initiative recognizes the hard work and many contributions of members of the Purdue University Northwest faculty.