NSU Catalog 2023-2024 
    May 26, 2024  
NSU Catalog 2023-2024

Biology (BS)

Location(s): Northern State University Campus

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Biology students demonstrate the ability to design, understand and discuss scientific data. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
  • Biology students can effectively communicate scientific results orally and in writing using methods related to science. (Cross-curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Biology students can identify appropriate scientific sources and analyze and interpret data. (Cross-curricular Skill: Information Literacy)
  • Biology students will demonstrate the ability to work as a team while completing research/project related endeavors. (Cross-curricular Skill: Teamwork)
  • Biology students will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct scientific research. (Cross-curricular Skill: Problem solving)
  • Biology students will establish skills in core disciplines of biology, including the cellular basis of life sciences and taxonomy of plants and animals.

Coursework Required

Choose one course (1 credit)

Choose two lecture/lab courses (8 credits)

Biology Electives (12 credits)

Electives must be 300-400 level.

Majors intending to pursue a pre-professional or professional program in any of the medical sciences should take BIOL 220 /BIOL 220L ;Human Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab (4 credits) and BIOL 230 /BIOL 230L ;Human Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab (4 credits) as part of their Biology electives.

Total: 55 credits

General Education Requirements - Baccalaureate (30 credits)

Please see General Education & Degree Requirements  for specific information about each SGR.

SGR #1 - 6 credits

SGR #4 - 6 credits in two disciplines

SGR #6 - 6 credits

Degree Requirements (BS) - 9 credits

Human Values (3 credits)

Additional Course (3 credits)

  • Course with MATH prefix above the level of College Algebra* OR
  • Third course in Natural Sciences OR
  • 3 credits
  • NOTE: MATH 103 , MATH 104 , and MATH 115  are considered to be at the same level as College Algebra and therefore may not be used to satisfy this requirement.