North Central College
Course Planning for the Life Sciences

Below are some sample four-year plans for biology and biochemistry majors. Use the tabs to see a plan which matches your situation, but remember that your plan should be designed based on your interests and future goals. You should discuss your plans with your academic advisor.

Bachelor of Science
A BS in biochemistry prepares students for graduate school; employment in a research or biotechnology laboratory; or medical, dental or veterinary school. The BS requires advanced electives, allowing students to gain more depth in biology and chemistry than the BA.
YearFallSpring
1 BIOL 195
CHEM 121
MATH 151
GenEd seminar
BIOL 210
CHEM 122
GenEd seminar
GenEd or elective
2 CHEM 251
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BIOL 230
CHEM 252
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
3 BIOL 360
CHEM 3911 (1 cr)
PHYS 131
BCHM elective3
GenEd or elective
BCHM 365
PHYS 132
CHEM 310
CHEM 3921 (1 cr)
GenEd or elective
4 CHEM 341 or 342
BCHM elective3
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BCHM 465
CHEM 4931 (1 cr)
BCHM elective3
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
Bachelor of Arts
A BA in biochemistry prepares students for the same kinds of research, technical and professional careers as a BS degree. However, the BA requires fewer advanced science courses, allowing students more room to gain breadth with a minor or emphasis outside the sciences.
YearFallSpring
1 BIOL 195
CHEM 121
MATH 151
GenEd seminar
BIOL 210
CHEM 122
GenEd seminar
GenEd or elective
2 CHEM 251
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BIOL 230
CHEM 252
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
3 BIOL 360
CHEM 3911 (1 cr)
PHYS 131
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BCHM 365
PHYS 132
CHEM 310
CHEM 3921 (1 cr)
GenEd or elective
4 CHEM 341 or 342
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BCHM 465
CHEM 4931 (1 cr)
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective

Research experience is required for all BCHM majors. The BCHM 465 Capstone course has an independent research project as the laboratory, and presenting this project in seminar meets the research requirement. Students interested in research careers are encouraged to do summer research or independent study or to investigate additional research opportunities.

Notes:

1BCHM majors may substitute two semesters of BIOL 290 (0 credit) and one semester of BIOL 490 (1 credit) for CHEM 390, 391 and 490.

2PHYS 161 and 162 may be taken in place of 131 and 132.

3BCHM BS majors choose 12 hours from the following biology and chemistry advanced electives: BIOL 242, 315, 320, 330, 340, 370, or 450, CHEM 311, 312, 313, 315, 341 or 342 (the one not taken for the major), 401, 451, or 455.