Eric VanMiddendorp

Eric VanMiddendorp

"I chose Grand Valley primarily because of their co-op system. I like that by the time you graduate you have over a year of experience." - Eric VanMiddendorp, engineering major Read More

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Northwestern Michigan College

Program Guide: Biology

First Year

First Semester
ENG 111 4
MTH 140 5
CHM 150 + 150R + 150L 5
BIO 115 + 115L 4
Second Semester
ENG 112 4
BIO 116 + 116L 4
Social Science elective 3
CHM 151 + 151R + 151L 5

Second Year

First Semester
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Social Science elective 3
MTH 131 3
Humanities elective 3
CHM 250 + 240L 4
Second Semester
Humanities elective 3
CHM 251 + 251L 5
BIO 260 + 260L 5
World Perspectives elective 3


  • Degree offered: B.A., B.S.. Students seeking the B.A. degree must demonstrate third-semester proficiency in a foreign language.
  • Students may take PHY 105 + 105L or PHY 121 + 121L, PHY 221 + 221L + 221R or BIO 250 + 250L. However, at least 58 credits must be taken from a four year college.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Social science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • World Perspectives electives:  ANT 113, ART 111, ART 112, ENG 241, ENG 263, ENG 271, GEO 109, HST 228, HST 235, FRN 202, SPN 202, PHL 121, PHL 122, PLS 132, PLS 211
  • U.S. Diveristy electives:  ART 214, ENG 245, SOC 201, HST 111, HST 112, HST 211, HST 212, HST 213,  MUS 111, SOC 220
  • Students should choose humanities and social science electives from the World Perspectives and/or U.S. Diversity courses.


As a science, biology offers the opportunity to study and experiment with animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria in the laboratory and outdoors. Biologists make contributions in widely varying areas, including medicine, crop development, wildlife management, environmental preservation, and systematics.

Advances in the field of medicine and the numerous biological problems associated with human beings and their environment provide promising opportunities for work in biology. Careers in biology which require a bachelor's degree include: agronomist, aquatic biologist, biotechnologist, botanist, conservationist, fisheries biologist, genetics technician, horticulturist, marine biologist, microbiologist, quality control technician, park naturalist/ranger, teacher, waste water technician, zoologist, and positions with seed, fertilizer, pesticide, chemical, medical supply, or drug companies, museums, zoos, government agencies, and private environmental consulting firms.

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