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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

Bianca Cortez

Biological Sciences was a good foundation and pre-professional option for preparing for dental school.

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If you're looking for a campus that supports well-rounded students through academia and getting involved, PNW is an amazing place.

Zebaneeka Washington, ‘24, Biological Sciences

Theodore Mantis

The professors have a passion to want to teach, they want you to succeed and they would take the time to help you understand concepts and connections.

Aaron Ramirez

I never imagined in college I would have classes of 20 students or less. It allowed me to build connections with faculty and staff. It all just made sense and truly did feel like home.

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.

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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

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 spring graduates encouraged to be brave in their careers

PNW spring 2024 graduates arduously persisted to complete their college degrees. Intensive hours spent studying or researching, leading on-campus events, and shining on the field or court have prepared PNW graduates well for their next professional ventures.

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Purdue University Northwest Announces Wide Range of Summer Camp Programs for K-12 Students

Parents looking for fun and engaging programs for their children for summer 2024 can check out more than 20 programs serving a variety of interests for K-12 students. PNW summer camps allow participants to have fun while gaining memorable hands-on experiences.

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Improving Community Health

John Durocher, Nils K. Nelson Endowed Professor of Integrative Human Health in the Department of Biological Sciences, is committed to providing his students with an enriching and engaging learning experience.

Upcoming Biological Sciences Events

May 27

Campus Closed: Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the PNW campuses will be closed and there will be no classes. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 28.

Jun 07

Summer Classes: 1st 4-Week Module Ends

Don’t forget to mark your calendars. The first module of summer classes end Friday, June 7.

Jun 10

Human Biology Summer Camp – Molecular. Mind. Body.

High school students will explore normal function and pathophysiology of the body, including the role of microbes in health and disease.

Jun 10

8 Week Module and Second 4 Week Module Begins

The 8 week and second 4 week modules begin Monday, June 10.