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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.



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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


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Take the Journey


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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What are the Benefits of a 4+1 Program?

Build toward your future with an accelerated combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program at Purdue Northwest!

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Visiting international medical students and physicians grow skills at PNW summer seminar

A cohort of visiting international medical students and physicians enhanced their academic knowledge, interpersonal investigation skills and critical thinking concerning complex health care issues through a month-long problem-based learning seminar with Dr. Ernest Talarico, visiting lecturer of Biological Sciences, at PNW.

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Purdue Northwest Students Earn Spring 2023 Semester Dean’s List Honors

The Purdue University Northwest spring 2023 semester Dean’s List recognizes 1,647 undergraduate students for their academic achievements.

Upcoming Biological Sciences Events

Oct 04

Fall Career Expo 2023

Students and alumni of PNW that are seeking internships and full-time employment are invited to the 2023 Fall Career Expo!

Oct 09

Fall Break

There are no classes but campus offices are open.

Oct 23

Spring 2024 Priority Registration Begins

Priority Registration for Spring 2024 opens Monday, Oct. 23. Register as soon as you can to stay on track for graduation.

Nov 22

Thanksgiving Break (Campus Open)

There will be no classes due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Campuses will remain open.