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.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

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
Project Lab
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
Microbiology
and Lab for BIOL 2321
Human Parasitology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 2302
Introduction to Evolution
Invertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2616
Marine Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2700

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 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
General Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1161
and Recitation for CHEM 1161
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
Intermediate or Advanced Science
Complete one course from the following:4
BIOL 2301 to BIOL 5999
CHEM 2311 to CHEM 5999
EEMB 2290 to EEMB 5999
ENVR 2310 to ENVR 5999
MATH 2280 to MATH 5999
PHYS 2303 to PHYS 5999
PSYC 2290 to PSYC 5999

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.
Introduction to College
ENGL 1000English at Northeastern1
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
Literature and Digital Diversity
Early African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
Global Literature to 1500
17th-Century British Literature
Early African-American Literature
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-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-First-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Romantic Poetry
The American Renaissance
American Realism
Emerson and Thoreau
19th-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
The Graphic Novel
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art (Abroad)
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following: 4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Literature and Digital Diversity
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
Writing Cultures
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Narrative Medicine
Topics in Literary Criticism
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
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Literature and Digital Diversity
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Boston in Literature
The Literature of Science
Film and Text (Abroad)
Children’s Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Topics in Genre
Writing
Complete one of the following:4
Creative Writing
Style and Editing
Digital Writing
Writing and Community Engagement
Writing in Global Contexts
Writing to Heal
Visual Writing: Writing Visuals
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
The Writer’s Marketplace
Capstone
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project
English Electives
Complete two additional ENGL electives.8

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
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