Bachelor of Science with Major in Biology (Professional Health Sciences Emphasis)

This major is designed for students interested in medical professions (medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and veterinary), or allied medical professions (physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or medical research). Health sciences students should consult with their Biology advisor and the Health Sciences advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences to develop an appropriate course of study.

Required 120 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 30 of which must be from UND), including:

I. Essential Studies requirements (see University ES listing, minimum 39 total credits). The following courses must be taken as part of the Essential Studies requirement:

ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 130Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Total Credits9

II. 39 major hours including:

A. Core requirements (18 credit hours), all courses below:

BIOL 120Orientation to the Biology Major1
BIOL 150
BIOL 151
General Biology I
and General Biology II *
General Biology I Laboratory
and General Biology II Laboratory
BIOL 315Genetics3
BIOL 341Cell Biology3
BIOL 480Senior Capstone Seminar **3
Total Credits18

Students who take BIOL 111 Concepts of Biology and BIOL 111L Concepts of Biology Laboratory and earn a grade of "B" or higher in both of those courses prior to becoming a Biology major may complete the General Biology sequence by taking  BIOL 150 General Biology I  and BIOL 150L General Biology I Laboratory.


Three credits for an accepted BIOL 489 Senior Honors Thesis can be substituted for the BIOL 480 Senior Capstone Seminar with prior approval of the thesis topic by the Chair of Biology.

We strongly advise mastery of materials in all core courses except BIOL 480 Senior Capstone Seminar prior to enrolling in other 300 or 400 level Biology courses.

At least 15 of the total 39 credits required for the BS degree must be taken in the UND Biology department, exclusive of the credits earned in other departments and institutions.

B. Advanced requirements (minimum 21 credit hours of upper level Biology courses):*

1. Must include a minimum of 9 credits from the following health-related courses below: *
Parasitology Laboratory
Histology Lab
Developmental Biology
Disease Biology
Systems Biology
Physiology of Organs and Systems
Physiology of Organs and Systems Laboratory
Human Anatomy Physiology I
and Human Anatomy Physiology I Lab **
Human Anatomy Physiology II
and Human Anatomy Physiology II Lab
General Microbiology Lecture
General Microbiology Laboratory
Introduction to Immunology
2.Additional 12 credits of upper level Biology electives. All 300 or 400 level Biology courses will count toward the elective credit hours needed. Certain science courses in other departments may also qualify as electives (see examples below). Only one 200 level course will count towards Biology elective credits.
3. Laboratory Requirement. At least four upper-division Biology courses with laboratories must be included. The following labs or courses satisfy this requirement:
Evolution Laboratory
Gen Ecology Lab
Systematic Botany
Cell Biol Lab
Parasitology Laboratory
Histology Lab
Animal Biology Laboratory
Molecular Biology Techniques
Ecological Genomics
Systems Biology
Birds Mammals
Wildlife Management
Aquatic Ecology
Fisheries Management
Physiology of Organs and Systems Laboratory
General Microbiology Laboratory
  • Up to three of the following courses from UND departments outside Biology can be applied toward the 39 credits required for a BS in Biology degree (lecture + lab = 1 course). Other courses will be considered on a case by case basis. To have a course considered, the student should provide a syllabus to the Department Chair.
  • BIMD 220
    Human Anatomy Physiology I
    and Human Anatomy Physiology I Lab **
    or BIMD 221
    Human Anatomy Physiology II
    and Human Anatomy Physiology II Lab
    BIMD 302
    General Microbiology Lecture
    and General Microbiology Laboratory
    BIMD 328Introduction to Immunology3
    BIMD 401Advanced Biochemistry3

    No more than 10 combined credit hours from BIOL 494 Directed Studies; BIOL 492 Research; BIOL 491 Seminar; and BIOL 489 Senior Honors Thesis, will count towards this 39 credit major.


    Either BIMD 220/220L or BIMD 221/221L will count as an elective, but not both courses.

  • BMB 301 Biochemistry will not be allowed to fulfill elective requirements.
  • BIMD 202 Introduction to Medical Microbiology Lecture/BIMD 202L Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory will only be allowed with special permission of the Biology department.

III. Cognate requirements in other departments (29-32 credit hours):

Mathematics *
MATH 146Applied Calculus I **3-4
or MATH 165 Calculus I
General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Fundamentals of Chemistry - Concepts
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory
and Inorganic Chemistry I
and Inorganic Chemistry I Laboratory ***
Organic Chemistry
Survey of Organic Chemistry
and Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
and Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory ****
Physical Sciences
Introductory College Physics I
and Introductory College Physics II (OR)
College Physics I
and College Physics II (OR)
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Statistical Methods and Data Interpretation
Select one of the following:3
Biostatistics #
Introduction to Statistics
Sociological Statistics
Applied Statistical Methods

Students with a particular aptitude for mathematics should consider taking both MATH 165 Calculus I and MATH 166 Calculus II and should consult with their adviser regarding this potential option.


Prerequisites for either course are the responsibility of the student.


The chemistry sequence CHEM 221, CHEM 221L, CHEM 254, and CHEM 254L is intended for students with a strong background and interest in chemistry and presumes some exposure to calculus.


The sequence of CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II AND BIMD 301 Biochemistry is highly recommended for pre-medicine students because some medical schools require or prefer this combination.


Students may take BIOL 470 and have those credits count toward biology electives AND satisfy the statistics requirement.