What Is the Relationship Between Northwestern University and Biology?


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The program in biological sciences at Northwestern University allows students to specialize in biochemistry, genetics or molecular biology, plant biology, neurobiology or physiology. U.S. News & World Report ranks Northwestern's biological sciences program as the 26th-best program in the United States, as of 2014.

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Besides offering a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, Northwestern offers master's degrees in biotechnology, neurobiology and plant biology and conservation. It offers doctoral degrees in plant biology and conservation, biological sciences, life sciences and neuroscience.

Undergraduate students are all required to take classes in genetics and molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular processes, cellular processes, physiological processes and population genetics. In addition, they must take math, statistics, physics and chemistry courses; students are allowed to use AP credits for these courses but not for any biology classes.

Beginning in their junior year, undergraduates choose their fields of specialization. Biochemistry majors must take further courses in biochemistry, physical biochemistry and protein structure and function. Cell biology majors take molecular biology and genetics classes. Those specializing in neurobiology take classes in the fundamentals of the subject. Physiology majors must take animal physiology and immunology, and plant biology majors must learn about plant community ecology, as of 2014.

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