Purdue University Northwest
The Department of Biological Sciences offers a comprehensive education that is built upon a solid scientific background with the flexibility to help individual students meet their career goals. For undergraduates, we offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Medical Laboratory Science as well as a B.S. in Health Studies. Students pursuing a B.S. in Biology may choose one of four different concentrations: Biotechnology, Health Science, Ecology and Evolution, and Microbiology and Immunology. Those wishing to retain maximum flexibility in their B.S in biology can choose no concentration.
We offer numerous pre-professional programs to allow students to take classes that prepare them for further training in occupational therapy, dentistry, medicine, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant and veterinary science. A two-year pre-pharmacy program and a two-year transfer programs in cooperation with the School of Agriculture at Purdue University West Lafayette are also quite popular. An Associate of Applied Science Emergency Medical Services is also available. At the graduate level, we offer Master of Science degrees in Biology. Graduate students choose either thesis or non-thesis options to further their professional development, or serve as a bridge to further graduate studies in the life sciences.
The Dept. of Biological Sciences offers a combined B.S. and M.S. in biological sciences degree? Click here to learn more.
Biology undergraduate student, Chih-Hsuan Chang, earned third place in the 2018 PNW Discovery Day Undergraduate Poster Competition for her research on the effect of temperature, water activity and incubation time on growth and alfafoxin production by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus on Niger seeds. Chih-Hsuan has worked on the project under the direction of Professor of Biological Sciences, Evert Ting, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dawit Gizachew.
A degree in biological sciences can lead to a diverse array of career paths, from further education in a specialized field, a job in industry and beyond. The list below represents only a small selection of avenues students can follow after graduation. For a more comprehensive list, click here.
Our students achieve success in many avenues. Here are some of the most recent graduate and professional schools our students have been accepted:
M.S. students, Cody Williams and Zach Mullaney were awarded the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Outstanding Graduate Awards respectively and received plaques and $25 gift cards to the Purdue Northwest Bookstore. The Dept. of Biological Sciences appreciates all of our outstanding graduate assistants, without whom our program would not be possible.
Aug. 20th – Classes Begin
Aug. 20 – 24th – Welcome Week
Oct. 8 – 9th – October Break
Nov. 21 – 24th – Fall Recess
Dec 7th – Westville Commencement
Dec 8th – Hammond Commencement
Dec 10 – 15th – Final Exams