Bachelor of Science in Biology


Students planning to pursue a career in medicine will be well prepared with the Pre-Medical concentration. Offering a solid academic foundation through a Christian lens, this program of study will help you prepare for the challenging and dynamic future of medicine. Take this track to equip yourself to apply to medical, optometry, dental, dental hygiene, veterinary, pharmacy, or physician assistant schools.

Unique features of NNU’s Pre-Medical concentration within the Department of Biology include:

  • Active and personalized advising to assure prerequisites are met
  • A chapter of the pre-medical honor society (Alpha Epsilon Delta)
  • A premedical shadowing program (1 cr course) at 3 local hospitals 
  • Extensive access to two cadavers, a male and female, in coursework at the undergraduate level
  • MCAT and med school interview preparation 
  • A unique opportunity with the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) through the Guaranteed Interview Program (
  • Ongoing department research projects, giving you opportunities to gain experience beyond course labs

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Student interested in pursuing a Pre-Medical concentration at NNU are encouraged to prepare by taking at least two high school courses in laboratory science and three years of high school mathematics. In planning a college program, you should follow the requirements and recommendations of the particular professional schools to which you anticipate applying for admission. NNU pre-medical advisors can assist you in planning your undergraduate coursework.

The Biology major with a Pre-Medical concentration has been specifically designed for matriculation into pre-professional programs. Those programs all require at least 8 cr of general biology, 8 cr of general chemistry, 8 cr of organic chemistry, and 8 cr of college physics. As electives, you might consider additional courses in chemistry, biological science, mathematics, psychology, and sociology. While NNU’s catalog explicitly lists a pre-medical concentration in the Department of Biology, students can also pursue a medical profession with a degree in biochemistry or other fields, if they take the core requirements in the sciences.

NNU partners with Idaho's first medical school

NNU partners with Idaho's first medical school

Due to a need for more physicians, especially those serving in rural areas and for underserved populations, NNU and the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine have signed an agreement that will give ten qualified NNU students the opportunity of possible admission to Idaho's first medical school on an annual basis.

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A recent study found that 47% of students in the nation that took the MCAT (Medical School Entrance Exam) matriculated into medical school. At NNU, our pre-health degree graduates' acceptance rate varies from year to year, but averages 75% over the last five years.

NNU offers a major in Wildlife Biology. In addition, NNU undergraduates have had the opportunity study frogs in Costa Rica and reptiles in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area—among other things.