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Northwest University

Our rigorous programs bring real-world experience to the classroom, building the knowledge you need to succeed.

Undergraduate

Graduate

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.

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, 󈧙

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, 󈧙

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, 󈧙


The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology is home to investigators who wish to understand the principles that govern cell organization and function and to clarify the processes involved in cell differentiation and organ formation. As part of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, we also partner with colleagues in multiple departments and institutes to realize the potential of our discoveries and improve human health.

Research Areas

Faculty members in our department study a wide range of cell biological processes including adhesion, cytoskeleton, signal transduction, mechanosensing, nuclear architecture, HIV infection and Alzheimer’s disease. We use multiple model organisms and disease platforms to more appropriately address fundamental questions related to cell structure and function.

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Research Description

Ion channels are ubiquitous membrane proteins that serve a variety of important physiological functions, provide targets for many types of pharmacological agents and are encoded by genes that can be the basis for inherited diseases affecting the heart, skeletal muscle and nervous system.

Dr. George's research program is focused on the structure, function, pharmacology and molecular genetics of ion channels. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of channelopathies based on his important discoveries on inherited muscle disorders (periodic paralysis, myotonia), inherited cardiac arrhythmias (congenital long-QT syndrome) and genetic epilepsies. Dr. George’s laboratory was first to determine the functional consequences of a human cardiac sodium channel mutation associated with an inherited cardiac arrhythmia. His group has elucidated the functional and molecular consequences of several brain sodium channel mutations that cause various familial epilepsies and an inherited form of migraine. These finding have motivated pharmacological studies designed to find compounds that suppress aberrant functional behaviors caused by mutations.

Recent Findings

  • Discovery of novel, de novo mutations in human calmodulin genes responsible for early onset, life threatening cardiac arrhythmias in infants and elucidation of the biochemical and physiological consequences of the mutations.
  • Demonstration that a novel sodium channel blocker capable of preferential inhibition of persistent sodium current has potent antiepileptic effects.
  • Elucidation of the biophysical mechanism responsible for G-protein activation of a human voltage-gated sodium channel (NaV1.9) involved in pain perception.

Current Projects

  • Investigating the functional and physiological consequences of human voltage-gated sodium channel mutations responsible for either congenital cardiac arrhythmias or epilepsy.
  • Evaluating the efficacy and pharmacology of novel sodium channel blockers in mouse models of human genetic epilepsies.
  • Implementing high throughput technologies for studying genetic variability in drug metabolism.
  • Implementing automated electrophysiology as a screening platform for ion channels.

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$40,958, the estimated total cost of tuition, fees, room, and board for 2019-2020.

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99%, the number of NNU undergraduate students who receive financial aid.


Weinberg College students pursuing a major in biological sciences who also wish to be certified for secondary teaching must be admitted to the Secondary Teaching Program in the School of Education and Social Policy and complete all requirements as outlined in the SESP chapter of this catalog. Students are urged to contact the Office of Student Affairs in SESP as early as possible in their academic careers.

BIOL_SCI 100-0 Introduction to Biological Sciences at Northwestern (1 Unit) For participants in Bio&ChemEXCEL summer program. An overview of recent advances in biological research and leadership within the field of biology. Taken with CHEM 100-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 101-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit) WCAS First-Year Seminar

BIOL_SCI 102-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit) WCAS First-Year Seminar

BIOL_SCI 103-0 Diversity of Life (1 Unit) Comparative survey of organisms, emphasizing adaptation and phylogenetic relationships. Particular emphasis on animals. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 103-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit) WCAS First-Year Seminar

BIOL_SCI 104-0 Plant-People Interactions (1 Unit) Biology and history of the interaction of humans and flowering plants. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 104-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit) WCAS First-Year Seminar

BIOL_SCI 105-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit) WCAS First-Year Seminar

BIOL_SCI 106-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit) WCAS First-Year Seminar

BIOL_SCI 107-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit) WCAS First-Year Seminar

BIOL_SCI 108-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit)

BIOL_SCI 109-0 The Nature of Plants (1 Unit) Plant adaptations for growth, survival, and reproduction. Plant defense against herbivory, pollination, and seed dispersal. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 109-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit)

BIOL_SCI 110-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit)

BIOL_SCI 111-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit)

BIOL_SCI 112-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit)

BIOL_SCI 115-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit) For participants in the NUBioscientist program. Biological Thought & Action preparatory to BIOL_SCI 116-6. WCAS First-Year Seminar

BIOL_SCI 116-6 First-Year Seminar (1 Unit) For participants in the NUBioscientist program. Science Research Preparation follows BIOL_SCI 115-6. WCAS First-Year Seminar

BIOL_SCI 150-0 Human Genetics (1 Unit) Basic principles of human inheritance and genetic variation. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 160-0 Human Reproduction (1 Unit) Basic biology of reproduction relation between hormones, emotions, intelligence, and behavior related policy issues. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 164-0 Basic Genetics and Evolution (1 Unit) Principles of inheritance as they apply to evolution. May not receive credit after taking BIOL_SCI 203-0 or BIOL_SCI 215-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 201-0 Molecular Biology (1 Unit) This course focuses on how information is stored and propagated in DNA, and used and regulated to generate proteins at the proper time and location. It also applies this information to understanding fundamentals of biotechnology. Credit not allowed for both BIOL_SCI 201-0 and BIOL_SCI 215-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 201-SG Peer-Guided SG: Molecular Biology (0 Unit) Meets weekly in small groups, along with a peer facilitator, to collaboratively review material, work through practice problems, and clarify course concepts. Enrollment optional. Graded S/U. Co-requisite: BIOL_SCI 201-0.

BIOL_SCI 202-0 Cell Biology (1 Unit) This course covers how biomolecules function together to generate the complexity of cells, and how cells behave collectively to communicate with each other and to enact key decisions, such as proliferation and cell death. Must be taken concurrently with BIOL_SCI 232-0. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 201-0. Credit not allowed for both BIOL_SCI 202-0 and BIOL_SCI 219-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 202-SG Peer-Guided SG: Cell Biology (0 Unit) Meets weekly in small groups, along with a peer facilitator, to collaboratively review material, work through practice problems, and clarify course concepts. Enrollment optional. Graded S/U. Co-requisite: BIOL_SCI 202-0.

BIOL_SCI 203-0 Genetics and Evolution (1 Unit) This course provides an analytic framework for studying the flow of biological information across generations, and understanding how phenotypes reveal biological mechanisms. This framework is applied to development, cancer, the history of life, and mechanisms governing the evolution and distribution of organisms over time. Must be taken concurrently with BIOL_SCI 233-0. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 202-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 203-SG Peer-Guided Study Group: Genetics and Evolution (0 Unit) Meets weekly in small groups, along with a peer facilitator, to collaboratively review material, work through practice problems, and clarify course concepts. Enrollment optional. Graded S/U. Co-requisite: BIOL_SCI 203-0.

BIOL_SCI 213-0 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (0 Unit) Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

BIOL_SCI 215-0 Genetics and Molecular Biology (1 Unit) Principles of inheritance gene function mechanisms by which DNA is replicated, transcribed into RNAs, and translated into proteins basics of the process of natural selection. Prerequisite: CHEM 131-0, CHEM 151-0, or CHEM 171-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 215-SG Peer-Guided Study Group: Genetics & Molecular Biology (0 Unit) Peer-guided study group for students enrolled in BIOL_SCI 215-0. Meets weekly in small groups, along with a peer facilitator, to collaboratively review material, work through practice problems, and clarify course concepts. Enrollment optional. Graded S/U.

BIOL_SCI 217-0 Physiology (1 Unit) Organization and functioning of the major organ systems in mammals. Prerequisite: CHEM 131-0, CHEM 151-0, or CHEM 171-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 217-SG Peer-Guided Study Group: Physiology (0 Unit) Peer-guided study group for students enrolled in BIOL_SCI 217-0. Meets weekly in small groups, along with a peer facilitator, to collaboratively review material, work through practice problems, and clarify course concepts. Enrollment optional. Graded S/U.

BIOL_SCI 219-0 Cell Biology (1 Unit) Mechanisms that cells use to compartmentalize and transport proteins, to move, to regulate growth and death, and to communicate with their environments. Prerequisite: CHEM 131-0, CHEM 151-0, or CHEM 171-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 219-SG Peer-Guided Study Group: Cell Biology (0 Unit) Peer-guided study group for students enrolled in BIOL_SCI 219-0. Meets weekly in small groups, along with a peer facilitator, to collaboratively review material, work through practice problems, and clarify course concepts. Enrollment optional. Graded S/U.

BIOL_SCI 220-0 Genetics and Molecular Processes Laboratory (0.34 Unit) Laboratory techniques and experiments in fundamental aspects of transmission genetics and molecular biology. Prerequisite: CHEM 131-0, CHEM 151-0, or CHEM 171-0.

BIOL_SCI 221-0 Cellular Processes Laboratory (0.34 Unit) Laboratory techniques and experiments in fundamental aspects of cell biology. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 220-0.

BIOL_SCI 222-0 Investigative Laboratory (0.34 Unit) A culminating life-science lab experience. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 221-0.

BIOL_SCI 232-0 Molecular and Cellular Processes Laboratory (0.34 Unit) Laboratory techniques and experiments in fundamental aspects of cell and molecular biology. Must be taken concurrently with BIOL_SCI 202-0. Credit not allowed for both BIOL_SCI 221-0 and BIOL_SCI 232-0.

BIOL_SCI 233-0 Genetics and Molecular Processes Laboratory (0.34 Unit) Laboratory techniques and experiments in fundamental aspects of transmission genetics and molecular biology. Must be taken concurrently with BIOL_SCI 203-0. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 232-0. Credit not allowed for both BIOL_SCI 220-0 and BIOL_SCI 233-0.

BIOL_SCI 234-0 Investigative Laboratory (0.34 Unit) A culminating life-science laboratory experience. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 233-0. Credit not allowed for both BIOL_SCI 222-0 and BIOL_SCI 234-0.

BIOL_SCI 240-0 Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology - 1 for ISP (1 Unit) This course aims to provide a framework for understanding the chemistry, structure and function of life’s smallest functional units known as cells. Starting out with a basic description of inherent properties of biological macromolecules, the course deals with information storage, the flow of genetic information, cytoskeleton, cell organelles, and cell division. Prerequisite: must be enrolled in the Integrated Science Program.

BIOL_SCI 241-0 Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology - 2 for ISP (1 Unit) The course takes an in depth look at how the chemical and physical properties of organic molecules drive all aspects of life. Focus on principles of chemical evolution/diversification, biological membranes, membrane transport processes, enzyme structure and function, molecular signaling and design principles of the metabolic engine that enables the breakdown and synthesis of biological macromolecules. Prerequisites: CHEM 171-0, CHEM 172-0, CHEM 212-1, BIOL_SCI 240-0, and ISP standing.

BIOL_SCI 301-0 Principles of Biochemistry (1 Unit) Biochemical processes. May not receive credit for both BIOL_SCI 301-0 and the former BIOL_SCI 308-0. Prerequisite: CHEM 210-2 or CHEM 212-2. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 301-SG Peer-Guided Study Group: Principles of Biochemistry (0 Unit) Peer-guided study group for students enrolled in BIOL_SCI 301-0. Meets weekly in small groups, along with a peer facilitator, to collaboratively review material, work through practice problems, and clarify course concepts. Enrollment optional. Graded S/U.

BIOL_SCI 302-0 Fundamentals of Neurobiology (1 Unit)

Cellular and biochemical approaches to the nervous system, focusing on neuron structure and function. May not receive credit for both BIOL_SCI 302-0 and NEUROSCI 202-0.

BIOL_SCI 303-0 Molecular Neurobiology (1 Unit) Exploration of the overlap between neurobiology and molecular biology. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 302-0 or NEUROSCI 311-0.

BIOL_SCI 305-0 Neurobiology Laboratory (1 Unit)

Hands-on experience in the performance of experiments in cellular neurophysiology.

BIOL_SCI 307-0 Brain Structure, Function, and Evolution (1 Unit) An overview of the evolution of the nervous system and cognition, from the origin of neurons to the structure and function of the human brain. No P/N. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 302-0, BIOL_SCI 325-0, or BIOL_SCI 344-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 315-0 Advanced Cell Biology (1 Unit)

Relationship of shape, structural dynamics, and function with the cellular state and gene expression cell-to-cell communication.

Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0 BIOL_SCI 301-0 or the former BIOL_SCI 308-0.

BIOL_SCI 319-0 Biology of Animal Viruses (1 Unit) Virus structure, synthesis of viral nucleic acids and proteins, the interaction of the viral and cellular genomes. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0 BIOL_SCI 301-0 or the former BIOL_SCI 308-0.

BIOL_SCI 323-0 Bioinformatics: Sequence and Structure Analysis (1 Unit)

Use of informational and modeling techniques to explore evolutionary and other problems related to the genome.

Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 241-0, BIOL_SCI 301-0, or the former BIOL_SCI 308-0.

BIOL_SCI 325-0 Animal Physiology (1 Unit) Physiological principles and mechanisms responsible for the ability of animals to regulate variables in the steady state. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 217-0.

BIOL_SCI 327-0 Biology of Aging (1 Unit)

Biological aspects of aging, from molecular to evolutionary.

BIOL_SCI 328-0 Microbiology (1 Unit) How microbes interact with their environments, including with humans. Lecture and Laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 201-0 or BIOL_SCI 215-0 BIOL_SCI 219-0 BIOL_SCI 222-0 and BIOL_SCI 301-0.

BIOL_SCI 332-0 Conservation Genetics (1 Unit) Critical issues in the management and understanding of endangered populations. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 215-0 or ENVR_SCI 202-0.

BIOL_SCI 333-0 Plant-Animal Interactions (1 Unit) Plant-animal interactions, and their consequences for individuals, populations, ecological communities, and ecosystems. Examination of how these interactions are responding to ongoing global factors such as anthropogenic habitat destruction and climate change. Prerequisite: The former BIOL_SCI 330-0, BIOL_SCI 339-0, or ENVR_SCI 202-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 334-0 Soils and the Environment: The Earth's Critical Zone (1 Unit) Soil development and morphology physical, chemical, hydrologic, and biological properties of soils. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 215-0 or ENVR_SCI 202-0.

BIOL_SCI 336-0 Spring Flora (1 Unit) Life cycles, vegetative and reproductive structures, and adaptations for pollination and fruit and seed dispersal of the wildflowers, trees, and shrubs of oak woodland. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 240-0, or ENVR_SCI 202-0.

BIOL_SCI 337-0 Biostatistics (1 Unit) Approaches, methods, and techniques for analyzing datasets in ecology and conservation biology. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0 or ENVR_SCI 202-0 a course in statistics.

BIOL_SCI 339-0 Critical Topics in Ecology and Conservation (1 Unit) Seminar discussing historical and modern publications in the field. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 201-0, BIOL_SCI 215-0, or ENVR_SCI 202-0.

BIOL_SCI 341-0 Population Genetics (1 Unit)

Processes that affect allele frequency change and thus cause evolution.

Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0 a course in statistics.

BIOL_SCI 342-0 Evolutionary Processes (1 Unit) Evolutionary mechanisms (natural selection, genetic drift), evolutionary history (speciation, phylogenetics), and adaptations (sex, cooperation, aging, life history). Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 201-0 or BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0 and a course in statistics.

BIOL_SCI 344-0 Anatomy of Vertebrates (1 Unit) Vertebrate phylogeny illustrated via comparative morphology anatomical/ functional and ontogenetic considerations dissections. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 103-0 or BIOL_SCI 203-0.

BIOL_SCI 345-0 Topics in Biology (1 Unit)

Topics vary but always deal with an area of advanced study in the life sciences. With laboratory. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

BIOL_SCI 346-0 Field Ecology (1 Unit)

An intensive experience in field ecological research.

Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0 a course in statistics.

BIOL_SCI 347-0 Conservation Biology (1 Unit)

Evolution, ecology, and conservation of patterns of biological diversity.

Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0 or ENVR_SCI 202-0 a course in statistics.

BIOL_SCI 349-0 Community Ecology (1 Unit) Abundance, distribution, diversity, and scaling in plant communities in space-time. Prerequisite: The former BIOL_SCI 330-0 or BIOL_SCI 339-0.

BIOL_SCI 350-0 Plant Evolution and Diversity Lab (1 Unit) Introduction to the diversity and evolutionary history of land plants. Prerequisite: The former BIOL_SCI 330-0 or BIOL_SCI 339-0.

BIOL_SCI 353-0 Molecular Biology Laboratory (1 Unit) Project-based approach to learning lab skills in eukaryotic molecular biology. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0 BIOL_SCI 301-0 or the former BIOL_SCI 308-0.

BIOL_SCI 354-0 Quantitative Analysis of Biology (1 Unit)

Random genetic processes, gene expression, cell adaptation, cell cycle, developmental morphogens, phylgenomics.

Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 355-0 Immunobiology (1 Unit)

Nature of host resistance characteristics of antigens, antibodies basis of immune response hypersensitivity.

BIOL_SCI 356-0 Endocrinology (1 Unit)

Physiology and biochemistry of hormones and glands of internal secretion in vertebrates endocrine glands.

BIOL_SCI 358-0 Advanced Physiology Laboratory (1 Unit)

Experiments in several physiological systems. Design, techniques, data analysis, and report writing emphasized.

BIOL_SCI 359-0 Quantitative Experimentation in Biology (1 Unit) Laboratory in experimental methods in quantitative biology. Random genetic processes, gene expression, cell cycle, developmental morphogens, genome sequencing. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 201-0, BIOL_SCI 215-0, or BIOL_SCI 354-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 360-0 Principles of Cell Signaling (1 Unit) Emphasis on principles, components, and logic that are common to different cell signaling systems. Modern experimental strategies for studying cellular signaling as well as the implications of disrupting cell communication pathways in disease will be described. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0.

BIOL_SCI 361-0 Protein Structure and Function (1 Unit)

Structure and function of proteins x-ray crystallography and NMR.

BIOL_SCI 363-0 Biophysics (1 Unit) Protein interaction with small molecules protein tertiary structure determination. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0 BIOL_SCI 301-0 or the former BIOL_SCI 308-0.

BIOL_SCI 378-0 Functional Genomics (1 Unit)

Patterns of gene expression and their causes.

Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0 a course in statistics.

BIOL_SCI 380-0 Biology of Cancer (1 Unit) The disease of cancer: causation at the cell and molecular levels treatment. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0, and (BIOL_SCI 301-0 or the former BIOL_SCI 308-0).

BIOL_SCI 381-0 Stem Cells and Regeneration (1 Unit) Developmental and molecular biology of tissue regeneration, with regard to regeneration from embryonic or adult stem cells. Discussion of conserved developmental pathways necessary for regeneration. Applications in regenerative medicine. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0 and BIOL_SCI 219-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 390-0 Advanced Molecular Biology (1 Unit)

Nucleic acid structure DNA mutation, repair, recombination, replication, restriction, and modification translation.

BIOL_SCI 391-0 Development and Evolution of Body Plans (1 Unit)

Molecular mechanisms underlying early embryonic development, including establishment of the body and organogenesis. Discussion of original literature.

Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0 BIOL_SCI 301-0 or the former BIOL_SCI 308-0.

BIOL_SCI 392-0 Developmental Genetics Laboratory (1 Unit) Development of independent projects alongside classic readings and experiments exploring key concepts in developmental biology. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0, BIOL_SCI 222-0 BIOL_SCI 301-0 or the former BIOL_SCI 308-0.

BIOL_SCI 393-0 Human Genomics (1 Unit) Recent advances in human ancestry and clinical medicine have underscored the importance of genetic principles. Biomedical Genetics will dive deeply into the logic and methods of transmission and regulatory genetics. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0, and either BIOL_SCI 301-0 or the former BIOL_SCI 308-0. Natural Sciences Distro Area

BIOL_SCI 395-0 Molecular Genetics (1 Unit)

Exploration of recent advances that have revolutionized the fields of gene expression and cell regulation. Discussion of articles and primary research papers.

BIOL_SCI 396-0 Evolution and Diversity: Mushroom Genetics and Genomics (1 Unit) The occurrence of natural genetic variation is the raw material with which evolution has sculpted every species that has ever existed. In this laboratory-based course, students are immersed in the world of a widespread and biologically famous mushroom-forming fungus. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0 and BIOL_SCI 222-0.

BIOL_SCI 397-0 Senior Thesis Colloquium (1 Unit) Supervision while writing a Senior Thesis. Discussion of students' research. Instructor feedback on thesis drafts. Continued student research. Enrollment limited to Senior Biological Sciences majors hoping to graduate with Program Honors and/or to produce a Senior Thesis. Registration required for all Honors candidates.

BIOL_SCI 398-0 Tutorial in Biology (1 Unit) Supervised reading and discussion or supervised laboratory work. P/N only.

BIOL_SCI 399-0 Independent Research (1 Unit) Supervised independent research project. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 398-0 or previous BIOL_SCI 399-0.


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Northwestern Biological Sciences Major | Biology Major | Bachelor's Degree Programs | Northwestern SPS - Northwestern School of Professional Studies

The biological sciences major in Northwestern University School of Professional Studies’ part-time degree program develops and enhances the intellectual and creative potential of life sciences students, providing them with deep and current knowledge of human biology.  Comprised of evening and Saturday courses taught by Northwestern faculty and researchers, the biological sciences major is a rigorous combination of Northwestern University science curriculum and courses in human biology that are unique to the School of Professional Studies. 

About Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Major Goals & Curriculum

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the organization and function of basic biological systems, including genetics, physiology, evolutionary, molecular and cellular biology
  • Integrate core mathematical, chemical, and physical principles with fundamental concepts of biological sciences
  • Analyze, interpret, and critically evaluate scientific data and primary literature
  • Apply the scientific method to form and test hypotheses using appropriate laboratory techniques
  • Communicate biological principles effectively through written work and oral presentations
  • Convey an advanced knowledge of human biological processes

Curriculum

Choose from two degree programs for the biological sciences major. The  bachelor's degree requirements  are 45 units total and include distribution, writing, and elective courses, and the major requirements.

Biological Sciences major requirements

All of the following courses:

  • BIOL SCI 215 Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL SCI 217 Physiology
  • BIOL SCI 219 Cell Biology*
  • BIOL SCI 220 Genetic and Molecular Processes Laboratory
  • BIOL SCI 221 Cellular Processes Laboratory
  • BIOL SCI 222 Investigative Laboratory
  • BIOL SCI 308 Biochemistry**
  • BIOL SCI 342 Evolutionary Processes
  • CHEM 110 Quantitative Problem Solving in Chemistry
  • CHEM 131 General Chemistry 1 (with lab, CHEM 141)
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry 2 (with lab, CHEM 142)
  • CHEM 210-A Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 210-B Organic Chemistry II (with lab, CHEM 230-B)
  • MATH 220-A Single-Variable Differential Calculus (as of Fall 2019 formerly MATH 220)
  • MATH 220-B Single-Variable Integral Calculus (as of Fall 2019 formerly MATH 224)
  • PHYSICS 130-A College Physics I (with lab, PHYSICS 131-A)
  • PHYSICS 130-B College Physics II (with lab, PHYSICS 131-B)
  • PHYSICS 130-C College Physics III (with lab, PHYSICS 131-C)
  • STAT 202 Introduction to Statistics

Plus four courses selected from the following:

  • BIOL SCI 302 Fundamentals of Neurobiology
  • BIOL SCI 312 Evolutionary Biology of Human Anatomy, Health and Disease
  • BIOL SCI 313 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL SCI 315 Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIOL SCI 316 Human Structure and Function
  • BIOL SCI 318 Advanced Human Physiology
  • BIOL SCI 327 Biology of Aging
  • BIOL SCI 328 Microbiology
  • BIOL SCI 355 Immunobiology
  • 300-level biological anthropology course***

* Formerly BIOL SCI 216 Cell Biology

** Formerly BIOL SCI 218 Biochemistry

*** A maximum of one anthropology course can be applied toward this requirement

Undergraduate Biological Sciences Courses

Major in Biological Sciences Admission & Transfer Policy

Application to Northwestern University School of Professional Studies bachelor's degree programs is completed online. Once admitted, many students create a shorter path to degree completion by applying transfer credit. View detailed application instructions and transfer credit policies on the Admission & Transfer Policy page. 

Biological Sciences Tuition & Financial Aid

The School of Professional Studies offers competitive tuition rates for undergraduate courses. The Tuition & Financial Aid page lists current per-course tuition rates in addition to financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Registration for Biological Sciences Majors

Registration for courses opens 8 to 10 weeks before each quarter and is accessed CAESAR,  Northwestern's online student records system. View course registration timelines and instructions on the Registration Information page.

Career Options for Biological Sciences Majors

The Biological Sciences: Human Biology major prepares students for a variety of positions in research and education in medical and other health professions in pharmaceutical, genetic testing, and other biomedical companies and in government agencies. For details, see the  Biological Sciences Career Options page.


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Our internationally recognized Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University prepares the next generation of engineers by fostering their growth in a collaborative, multidisciplinary community built on excellence in research and education.

We impact and shape the world through inventions and innovations in soft materials, complex systems, synthetic biology, biotechnology, and catalysis and use them to tackle global challenges in renewable energy, biomanufacturing, clean water, sustainability, and human health.


Research Clusters for IBiS and DGP Students

We welcome your interest in PhD studies in Life and Biomedical Sciences at Northwestern University (NU LaBS).  Our goal is to train scientists in an innovative, interdisciplinary environment while allowing them to grow into confident, independent researchers as they specialize and explore their own areas of interest in depth. We provide graduate students with the financial and academic resources they need in order to take full advantage of Northwestern’s internationally-renowned faculty, its exceptional research and academic culture, and its state-of-the-art facilities on multiple campuses in and around the vibrant city of Chicago.

First-year students can take advantage of the wealth of resources, faculty, research and the academic culture of the university’s two campuses and its affiliate medical centers, but they generally spend the majority of their time on either the Evanston or Chicago campus. The Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences (IBiS) program is housed within one of the world’s great liberal arts universities, and emphasizes mechanistic molecular biosciences, as well as the interface of biology with physics, chemistry and biomedical engineering. The Driskill Graduate Program (DGP) is housed in one of America’s leading medical schools and its affiliated hospitals, emphasizing basic and translational biomedical science. Though students will be in residence primarily on one campus, they enjoy ample opportunity to cross campuses and take advantage of resources program-wide. The program as a whole, linking faculty, post-docs and graduate students from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the Feinberg School of Medicine truly offers science without boundaries.

PhD programming at Northwestern offers students unparalleled exposure to foundational and cutting-edge specialties in the life sciences, building on the rich history of biological research at Northwestern. These programs prepare students to succeed in the rapidly evolving life and biomedical sciences fields, in part by emphasizing collaborative interdisciplinary studies with an outstanding internationally recognized faculty using state-of-the-art technologies. After an interdisciplinary first year which exposes students to a broad array of biological, bioengineering, and translational bio-medical research, students identify a thesis laboratory and affiliate with a research cluster that provides more focused training in their area of specialization. Through journal and data clubs, symposia, and advanced coursework, the clusters provide forums for continued intellectual development throughout the PhD training. 

We welcome you to learn more about opportunities for PhD study in Biology at Northwestern.


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