Biology and Political Science, BS

In the BS, combined biology and political science 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 political science courses, students pursue core concepts of American government, comparative politics, international relations and political thought. Course work in quantitative techniques is also required. Students choose from a range of advanced subject electives. An appreciation of the intersection of biology and political science is provided through advanced courses in science, technology and public policy, and in environmental politics and policy.

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 POLS 1000 Political Science at Northeastern
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
BIOL 2299Inquiries in Biological Sciences4
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
Project Lab
BIOL 2309Biology Project Lab4
BIOL 3611
and BIOL 3612
and Lab for BIOL 3611
Organismal and Population Biology Elective
Complete one of the following:4-5
and Lab for BIOL 2321
Human Parasitology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Lab for EEMB 2302
Introduction to Evolution
Invertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2616
Marine Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2700
MATH 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14
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
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
PHYS 1147
and PHYS 1148
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147
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

Political Science Requirements

Core Courses in Political Science
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
Complete one of the following:4-5
Quantitative Techniques
and Lab for ENVR 2500
Political Thought
Complete one of the following:4
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Political Science Upper-Division Electives
Complete four of the following:16
Business and Government
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
Research Methods in Political Science
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Law and Society
Political Science Elective
Complete one additional course in political science numbered 2300 or above.4

Political Science Concentration (Optional)

If you are working toward one of the following concentrations, declare it with your advisor so that it may be added to your record. Requirements for the concentrations are listed below.

  • Law and legal studies
  • Public policy
  • Security studies

Integrative Requirement and Capstone

Note: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (POLS 2390) cannot be used both as an integrative course and as an elective above.

Integrative Requirement
POLS 2390Science, Technology, and Public Policy4
or POLS 2395 Environmental Politics and Policy
BIOL 4701Biology Capstone4
or POLS 4701 Political Science Senior Capstone

Program Requirement

136 total semester hours required


Concentration in Law and Legal Studies

Complete four of the following:16
American Political Thought
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
Law and Society
International Law
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties

Concentration in Public Policy

Core Requirement
POLS 3307Public Policy and Administration4
Complete three of the following:12
Bureaucracy and Government Organizations
Budgeting and Taxation
Business and Government
Urban Policies and Politics
State and Local Politics
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy

Concentration in Security Studies

Complete four of the following:16
International Security
U.S. National Security Policy
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S. Foreign Policy
Civil-Military Relations
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Politics of Developing Nations
Model NATO