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B.S. in Biology

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.

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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:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the scientific method;
  2. Demonstrate essential knowledge of biological sciences;
  3. Demonstrate essential knowledge of physical sciences as they relate to the biological sciences;
  4. Use mathematics to solve scientific problems and evaluate research data;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use standard laboratory and research techniques to collect and assess data;
  6. Demonstrate an ability to synthesize and integrate biological principles with contemporary issues.


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)

  • BIOL 1500 Biology I/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 1510 Biology II/Lab (4 credits) ORBIOL 1510H Biology II/Lab Honors (4 credits)
  • BIOL 3600 Genetics/Lab (4 credits)
  • CHEM 1300 General Chemistry I/Lab (4 credits) ORCHEM 1300H General Chemistry I/Lab Honors (4 credits)
  • CHEM 1310 General Chemistry II/Lab (4 credits) ORCHEM 1310H General Chemistry II/Lab Honors (4 credits)
  • CHEM 2400 Organic Chemistry I/Lab (4 credits) ORCHEM 2400H Organic Chemistry I/Lab Honors (4 credits)
  • CHEM 2410 Organic Chemistry II/Lab (4 credits) ORCHEM 2410H Organic Chemistry II/Lab Honors (4 credits)
  • Any LITR course (3 credits)
  • MATH 2020 Applied Statistics (3 credits) ORMATH 2020H Applied Statistics Honors (3 credits)
  • MATH 2100 Calculus I (4 credits) ORMATH 2100H Calculus I Honors (4 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):

  • BIOL 2600 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 3200 General Ecology/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 3220 Animal Behavior (3 credits)
  • BIOL 3300 Invertebrate Zoo/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 3311 Vertebrate Zoo/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 3312 Human Anatomy and Physiology/Lab (5 credits)
  • BIOL 3320 Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 3330 Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 3400 Microbiology/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 3450 Introduction to Virology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 3500 Histology/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 3900 Introduction to Parasitology/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 4100 Genomics/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 4010 Evolution (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4200 Neurobiology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4300 Microbial Pathogenesis (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4321 Systems and Synthetic Biology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4340 Cellular and Molecular Biology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4360 Immunology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4400 Developmental Biology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4600 Evolution, Adaptation, and Health (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4700 Advanced Human Physiology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4960 Practicum in Biology I (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4961 Practicum in Biology II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 3650 Biochemistry/Lab (4 credits)

Major Electives may include a maximum of one of the following MATH courses:

  • MATH 2001 Introduction to Mathematical Models in Biology (3 credits)
  • MATH 2200 Calculus II (4 credits) OR MATH 2200H Calculus II Honors (4 credits)
  • MATH 3050 Mathematics and Biology (3 credits)

Note: Major Electives may include a maximum of 3 credits from the following courses:

  • BIOL 4900 Special Topics in Biology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4950 Internships in Biology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4990 Independent Study in Biology (3 credits)

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.

View sample 4-Year Academic Plan

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:

  • have a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • be registered for classes
  • complete OSHA and HIPAA trainings
  • be curious about various health professions
  • conform to scheduled assignments, dress codes, and other professional responsibilities

How to Enroll

  • complete the Clinic Exploration Program Application
  • schedule and complete OSHA blood-borne pathogen safety training
  • take HIPAA Privacy and Security training
  • turn in completed application to program coordinator in Parker building, suite 367

Students are offered the opportunity to participate in CEP each semester. Registration for the program is open during the previous semester.

Participating Clinics

  • Athletic Training
  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • Internal Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Sport Medicine

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:

  • Participants will be limited to undergraduate students with the returning fall 2017 rank of JUNIOR or SENIOR from the Halmos College at Nova Southeastern University.
  • Candidates must submit a completed application with 3 letters of reference (two science and one non-science reference), have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall) and 3.0 (basic sciences). 
  • The student must have satisfactorily completed Organic Chemistry and one other upper level biology course (Microbiology or Cell and Molecular Biology).
  • A transcript of grades or the KAPP report equivalent for all applicants shall be required. 
  • Strong emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s personal statement and desire to seek a career as a basic science/clinical researcher AND explore another culture. 

Participating Centers: This unique collaboration and joint project between the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and:

  • Spain
  • Medical University of Graz, Austria
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas
  • Harvard Medical School/Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

How to Enroll

  • Complete the Internship Program Application
    • Austria
    • Spain
    • MD Anderson Cancer Center
    • Harvard Medical School
  • Turn in completed application to program coordinator indicated on applications

Students are offered the opportunity to participate in internship programs every summer. Registration for the program is open during the prior fall semester.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career. 


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