Biology and English, BS

In the BS, combined biology and English degree program, science courses lay the groundwork for strong basic training in mathematics, chemistry, and physics that are relevant to biology. In biology courses, students broadly explore the organization and processes of life—from molecules and cells through organs and organ systems to populations, ecosystems, and evolution. In English courses, students study the diverse historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts of English, American, and other Anglophone literatures; analyze writing practices and related media; and practice a variety of approaches to the study of language, rhetoric, writing, and literature. The fields of biology and English are bridged with course work in different forms of science writing , as well as psychology and sociology courses exploring the acquisition of language and reading; the sociology of health and illness; and the environment, technology, and society.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Biology Requirements

Introduction to College
BIOL 1000Biology at Northeastern1
or ENGL 1000 English at Northeastern
Experiential Learning Introduction
EESC 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
Required Biology
Foundations
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
5
Inquiries
BIOL 2299Inquiries in Biological Sciences4
Genetics
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
5
Techniques
BIOL 2309Biology Project Lab4
Biochemistry
BIOL 3611
and BIOL 3612
Biochemistry
and Lab for BIOL 3611
5

Biology Elective

Organismal and Population Biology
Complete one of the following:4-5
BIOL 2321
and BIOL 2322
Microbiology
and Lab for BIOL 2321
5
BIOL 2327Human Parasitology4
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 2302
5
EEMB 2400Introduction to Evolution4
EEMB 2616
and EEMB 2617
Invertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2616
5
EEMB 2618
and EEMB 2619
Vertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2618
5
EEMB 2700
and EEMB 2701
Marine Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2700
5

Supporting Courses for Biology

Mathematics
MATH 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14
Statistics
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
5
Chemistry
General Chemistry
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
5
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
5
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
5
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
5
Physics
Physics 1
Complete one of the following lecture/lab pairs. PHYS 1145/PHYS 1146 is recommended:5
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Physics 2
Complete one of the following lecture/lab pairs. PHYS 1147/PHYS 1148 is recommended:5
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165

English Requirements

English Course-Level Requirement
In addition to the capstone, two of the courses chosen from the lists below must be numbered 3000–4999.
Foundational Courses
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
Diversity
Complete one of the following courses. This course may also be used to fulfill an additional English requirement below:4
Early African-American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
Global Literature to 1500
The Bible
Medieval British Literature
Shakespeare’s Comedies
Shakespeare’s Tragedies
16th-Century British Literature
17th-Century British Literature
18th-Century British Literature
Revolution and Revolt in Early American Literature
Early African-American Literature
Topics in Early Literatures Abroad
Medieval Romance and Modern Readers
Chaucer
Milton
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Topics in Early Literatures
Topics in Shakespeare
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Romantic Poetry
Victorian Literature
19th-Century British Fiction
19th-Century American Novels
The American Renaissance
American Realism
Emerson and Thoreau
19th-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
20th-Century British Literature
Major 20th-Century British Novelists
20th- and 21st-Century American Novels
Modern American Literature
Modern African-American Literature
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture Abroad
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad
From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Topics in 20th- and 21st-Century Literatures
Topics in Film
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following: 4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Narrative Medicine
Literary Theory
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Topics in Literary Criticism
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Opening the Archive
Research in Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
Syntax
Semantics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Trouble in Utopia
Animals, Objects, Humans
Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
British Literature to 1800
British Literature 1800 to Present
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Global Literature 1500 to Present
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Native American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
The Literature of Science
Film and Text Abroad
Film and Text
Fantasy
Children’s Literature
Psychology and Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
The City in Literature
Topics in Genre
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
Topics in Comparative Textual Studies
Writing
Complete one of the following:4
Creative Writing
Medieval British Literature
Digital Writing
Writing and Community Engagement
Writing in Global Contexts
Writing to Heal
Visual Writing: Writing Visuals
Writing Cultures
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Nonfiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
The Writer’s Marketplace
English Electives
Complete additional ENGL electives to reach a total of 10 ENGL courses.4
Capstone
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project

Integrative Courses

Integrative English Course
Complete one of the following:4
Writing to Heal
Technologies of Text
The Literature of Science
Integrative General Biological Sciences Course
Complete one of the following:4
Psychology of Language
Language and the Brain
Psychology of Reading
Sociology of Health and Illness
Environment, Technology, and Society

Capstone Requirement

Complete one of the following capstone options:

Biology Capstone
BIOL 4701Biology Capstone4
English Capstone
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project

Biology and English Combined-Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all BIOL courses
Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all ENGL courses

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required