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.

These plans are for students who enter on the 2019-20 catalog or later. Students who began their programs prior to the 2019-20 semester transition will have individualized transition plans prepared in consultation with their advisors.

Option 1: Biological Science track
The Biological Science track is appropriate for students preparing for research careers, graduate school, or employment in any area of the life sciences.
YearFallSpring
1 BIOL 195
CHEM 121
MATH 151
GenEd seminar
BIOL 210
CHEM 122
MATH 152
GenEd seminar
2 BIOL 220
CHEM 251 or PHYS 131
BIOL 2901 (0 cr)
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BIOL 230
BIOL 240 (2 cr)
CHEM 252 or PHYS 132
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
3 300-level BIOL2
PHYS 131 or CHEM 251
BIOL 2901 (0 cr)
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
300-level BIOL2
PHYS 132 or CHEM 252
CHEM 310
GenEd or elective
4 300-level BIOL2
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BIOL Capstone3
BIOL 490 (1 cr)
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
Option 2: Biomedical Science track
The Biomedical Science track is tailored to prepare students for medical, dental, or veterinary programs. (For other pre-health areas, also consider the BA Health Professions track.)
YearFallSpring
1 BIOL 195
CHEM 121
MATH 151
GenEd seminar
BIOL 210
CHEM 122
GenEd seminar
GenEd or elective
2 BIOL 220
CHEM 251
BIOL 2901 (0 cr)
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BIOL 230
BIOL 240 (2 cr)
CHEM 252
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
3 BCHM 365
BIOL 201
PHYS 131
BIOL 2901 (0 cr)
GenEd or elective
300-level BIOL2
BIOL 202
PHYS 132
GenEd or elective
4 300-level BIOL2
PHIL 213, SOAN 215,
   or KINE 230 or 300
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
BIOL Capstone3
BIOL 490 (1 cr)
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective
GenEd or elective

Research experience is required for all BIOL majors. The 400-level Capstone courses (BIOL 410 or 450 or BCHM 465) have 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:

1BIOL majors take the BIOL 290 Seminar course twice for zero credit as audience members/evaluators prior to presentin their own research in BIOL 490. Taking the first BIOL 290 in the first or second year is recommended.

2BIOL majors take two (Biomedical Science) or three (Biological Science) 300-level electives; they may be taken in any semester or order following completion of BIOL 230. Some of these courses are offered only in alternating years.

3Choose one Capstone course from BIOL 410, BIOL 450, and BCHM 465.