Jump into one of the fastest growing areas of science. Business and industry need you to become a biology graduate, and that need continues to grow.
What you'll study
How to protect our fresh water and clean air. How to understand major health issues as they become more urgent. NSU's courses in biological and physical sciences will prepare you for research, teaching, and graduate work in health professions and natural sciences.
How you'll learn more
Internships. Hands-on original research. You can earn credits by doing guided research in the fields of biology, genetics, cell biology, endocrinology, and more. Imagine doing research on Gulf Stream ecology, brain structure and function, and human microbiome or shark genetics. All of that is a happening now at NSU. In addition, biology students have opportunities to shadow physicians and nurses in local hospitals.
Where it can take you
The personal attention you'll receive from our faculty and the research opportunities you'll have will provide you with a pathway to success, whether that's a career in medicine, teaching, research, or another health profession. Things are looking up.
The biology major, with a premedical emphasis, provides a strong curriculum in biology with significant study in the physical sciences. This major can provide the basis for graduate study in specialized fields of biology, for professional training in medical fields, and for teaching. Professional careers in the medical fields and in biology involve graduate study beyond the baccalaureate degree; therefore, both the core and the major have been designed to meet the admission requirements of many medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, allied health, and veterinary schools, and of schools for graduate study in the biological sciences. Dual admission and combined programs with the Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division are available for select, qualified students. Information on these programs can be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Biology specializations are for students who require specific prerequisites for professional schools in the health professions. To earn a specialization, a student must achieve a C or higher in all coursework in that specialization. Requirements may vary and specific graduate programs may require additional courses in writing, math, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. Students should consult with specific graduate schools to be sure that they meet the requirements.
The biology (premedical) major is offered during the day on NSU's main campus.
A successful biology graduate is expected to:
General Education Requirements (30 credits)
Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program. For specific course requirements, refer to the "General Education Program" section on page 92 of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog.
Biology Major Requirements (76 credits)
Core Courses (49 credits)
Select one of the following PHIL courses:
Major Electives (27 credits)
Select a minimum of 27 credits from the following courses (at least 16 credits must be BIOL 3000+ or 4000+ courses with at least one of these being a BIOL course with a lab (4 credits):
Major Electives may include a maximum of one of the following MATH courses:
Note: Major Electives may include a maximum of 3 credits from the following courses:
The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2017-2018 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.
Of great interest to many biology majors at the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences is participating in hands-on original research. Under the supervision of a working research scientist, our students have the opportunity to earn credit toward their degree by doing cutting-edge research in the fields of biology, genetics, cell biology, endocrinology, ecology, chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics. Research questions currently under investigation by faculty members include: the effects of protein buildup on contact lenses, Florida panther genetics, shark population genetics, Gulf Stream ecology, bioinformatics, brain structure and function, and fish reproductive cycles.
In addition to original research, NSU biology students are offered opportunities to shadow physicians and nurses in local hospitals.
Pursuing a minor can deepen your knowledge in a discipline related to your major or enable you to explore a field outside your major area of study and diversify your skills. Speak with a faculty member in your program to determine which minor(s) can support your academic, professional, and personal goals.
The Clinic Exploration Program (CEP) offers students the opportunity to shadow medical professionals on the job in many of NSU’s medical and health clinics. Program participants gain a broad perspective that shows how various medical fields work together and a practical, up-close review of several medical career options.
All undergraduate students may take part in CEP, no matter what major they pursue. Each rotation lasts two hours per week, for three weeks. Because this is a volunteer program, member commitments are flexible and voluntary.
Who Can Participate
Any NSU undergraduate student in good standing who wants to participate in CEP must:
How to Enroll
Students are offered the opportunity to participate in CEP each semester. Registration for the program is open during the previous semester.
Nova Southeastern University provides foundational study in core and emerging disciplines and technologies to prepare students for graduate and professional study, career development, and responsible citizenship. While producing highly educated graduates, undergraduate students will benefit from the basic science/clinical researchers and research opportunities exhibited by medical centers listed below. The internship allows for intercampus and institutional interaction in scientific research disciplines whereby young scientists gain exposure, direction and guidance during their developing career paths.
Who Can Participate:
Participating Centers: This unique collaboration and joint project between the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and:
How to Enroll
Students are offered the opportunity to participate in internship programs every summer. Registration for the program is open during the prior fall semester.