Biological Sciences, BSGS
The bachelor's degree requirements are 45 units total and include distribution, writing, and elective courses, and the major requirements.
Biological Sciences Major Requirements
|Cell Biology 1
|Genetics and Evolution
|Molecular and Cellular Processes Laboratory
|Genetics and Molecular Processes Laboratory
|Quantitative Problem Solving in Chemistry
& CHEM 141-CN
|Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
& CHEM 142-CN
|Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
& CHEM 235-A
|Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
& CHEM 235-B
|Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
|Single-Variable Differential Calculus 3
|Single-Variable Integral Calculus 4
& PHYSICS 131-A
|College Physics I
and Physics Laboratory I
& PHYSICS 131-B
|College Physics II
and Physics Laboratory II
& PHYSICS 131-C
|College Physics III
and Physics Laboratory III
|Introduction to Statistics and Data Science
|Plus four courses selected from the following:
|Fundamentals of Neurobiology
|The Evolutionary Biology of Human Anatomy, Health and Disease
|Advanced Cell Biology
|Human Structure and Function
|Advanced Human Physiology
|Biology of Aging
300-level biological anthropology course 5
Formerly BIOL_SCI 216-CN Cell Biology or BIOL_SCI 219-CN Cell Biology
Formerly BIOL_SCI 218-CN Biochemistry
As of Fall 2019; formerly MATH 220-CN
As of Fall 2019; formerly MATH 224-CN
A maximum of one anthropology course can be applied toward this requirement
SPS programs lead to one of three Northwestern University bachelor’s degrees: the bachelor of philosophy (BPhil), the bachelor of science in general studies (BSGS), and the bachelor of philosophy in communication (BPhilCom), which is conferred by the School of Communication.
The bachelor of philosophy (BPhil) and the bachelor of science in general studies (BSGS) degrees are conferred by the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. The primary difference between the two degrees is that the BPhil includes a language requirement. Some majors offer a choice of the BPhil or the BSGS degree.
Bachelor of Science in General Studies
To earn the BSGS degree, students must complete 45 units, including a writing requirement, distribution requirements, a major, and electives. Minors are optional.
|English 111 or 205 and 113
|Up to 21
About the Writing Requirement
The writing requirement ensures that students have the skills necessary to meet the rigorous writing demands of subsequent SPS courses in all majors and disciplines. The expository writing courses provide the tools to meet the demands of advanced academic writing; the courses may not be audited or taken on a pass/no credit basis.
Transfer and performance-based admission students must fulfill the writing requirement through one of two options:
Option 1: Complete an English composition course at SPS.
Demonstrate successful completion of English 111 or 205. A grade of C or higher is required.
Option 2: Successfully appeal the writing requirement via the Student Affairs Petition Form.
Students who believe they have the writing skills necessary for university-level research and analytical papers may appeal the SPS writing requirement.
A successful appeal does not result in credit for the writing course. Students must complete another course in its place according to the needs and guidelines of their program. Writing will be evaluated for standards of good expository writing, including: a fully developed thesis; sound logic and adequate evidence in support of the thesis; effective organization, coherent structure and an overall unity; correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Appeal materials must be submitted by the quarter deadline before entry.
About the Distribution Requirements
Students complete course work in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences to obtain a broad experience in the liberal arts. Courses that satisfy these distribution requirements include the following areas:
Art history, classics, comparative literary studies, English literature, languages other than English (up to two units), history, music history, philosophy, religion, and some courses in African American studies, languages with literature, gender studies, performance studies, radio/television/film, and theatre.
Astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, engineering, geography, information systems, mathematics, physics and some courses in anthropology, communication sciences and disorders, psychology, radio/television/film, and statistics.
Anthropology, economics, history, linguistics, political science, sociology, and some courses in African American studies, communication sciences and disorders, gender studies, psychology, and statistics.