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Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

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Program Intro

This general biology degree provides you with a solid scientific foundation in the discipline. We offer a wide selection of biology electives to match a wide range of career goals.

Department of Biological Sciences

Our program enhances your success through small class sizes that offer direct interactions with faculty members in both classroom and laboratory settings. You’ll also be able to take advantage of extensive research opportunities. These experiences prepare you for a number of scientific careers and graduate or professional programs.

Curriculum Overview

This program includes a biology core curriculum (17 credits), a general education core (30 credits), a science core (63 credits), and choice of biological electives (10 credits), for a total of 120 credits. You’re also required to take the Major Field Test in Biology.

Develop a foundational knowledge of key concepts in biology and learn essential lab skills.

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Sample Courses

  • BIOL 10100 – Introductory Biology
  • BIOL 10700 – Freshman Experience In Biological Sciences
  • CHM 11500 – General Chemistry

Complete 80 percent of the required core in biology by your second year. You’re encouraged to take biostatistics and declare a concentration.

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Sample Courses

  • BIOL 24400 – Genetics
  • CHM 25500 – Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 25501 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Develop oral and written communication skills in upper-level biology courses.

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Sample Courses

  • PHYS 22100 – General Physics
  • CHM 32400 – Survey of Environmental Chemistry

Take the biology capstone course, complete graduation requirements and further prepare for future endeavors.

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Sample Courses

  • BIOL 31100 – Introduction To Evolution
  • BIOL 42600 – Senior Capstone

Program Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all Major Core courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation


As a biological sciences major, you’ll explore upper-level course offerings in a broad range of subdisciplines. We offer small class sizes that promote active learning and flexibility in your course selection. You’ll also get the opportunity to supplement your education and research with community involvement.

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In this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop holistic understanding of biological principles
  • Gain practical lab skills
  • Take advantage of internships and research experiences

Beyond the Classroom

Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, pursue internships and join student clubs or organizations.

Career Paths

Career paths for graduates of this program include:

  • Laboratory or environmental technician
  • Science sales representative in the agricultural, biomedical, environmental or pharmaceutical industries


Our alumni are employed at a number of public and private organizations, including:

  • United States Geological Survey
  • Mérieux Nutrisciences
  • National Park Service

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 at PNW was unique in that professors loved teaching, they encouraged students to be engaged in the classroom and I was being given the support I needed in my pursuit of admission to dental school. I was accepted into dental school and have no doubt in my mind that the Master’s program in biological sciences fully prepared me for my next phase of dental school.

Chioma Anokwute, ’21

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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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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

I chose PNW because of its flexible program. The professors are very active and accessible. Their courses are challenging with a focus on current developments and techniques. Furthermore, the financial support allowed me to graduate debt free.

Cody Williams
Biology, MS, medical student at Indiana University of Medicine
Munster, Indiana

The 500-level classes are small and interactive. The lab classes prepare you to perform basic laboratory and research techniques. I learned so much from my research project as well as from my experiences as a graduate teaching assistant.

Jasmine Hopkins
Biology, BS, Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences at University of Illinois at Chicago

Meet the Faculty

W.T. Evert Ting, Ph.D.

W.T. Evert Ting, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences and Graduate Program Coordinator

My research interests are in applied food and environmental microbiology.

Lindsay Gielda

Lindsay M. Gielda, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. Gielda is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Her research and teaching focus is in the field of medical microbiology and immunology, with an emphasis in molecular biology.

Michelle Spaulding, Ph.D.

Michelle Spaulding, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Evolutionary history of mammals, focusing on early Cenozoic taxa. Study areas for these forms are phylogenetics, locomotor evolution and the evolution of the carnivoran brain.

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