Requirements for the NBB Major

To receive a B.S. in the NBB major, students are required to take 6 foundation courses, 4 NBB core courses, and 7 NBB elective courses.
Please note: In order to fulfill the requirements for the NBB major, all required courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Foundation Courses Core Courses Elective Courses

2 Quantitative courses*

Biology 141 with lab**

Biology 142 with lab

2 semesters of Chemistry with lab

NBB 201 (crosslisted as ANT 200)

NBB 301 (crosslisted as BIO 360)

NBB 302 (crosslisted as PSYC 353)

NBB 401W or NBB 402W (Paris)

Minimum of 7 electives of your choice

All electives must be 3+ credit hrs

* One quantitative course MUST be QTM 100 and the second course can be one of the following: Math 111, 112, 112z, 116, 211, 212, 221, 275; BIO 212; CS 170 or QTM 200

**Students with AP credit for Biology 141 must register for Biology 141 Lab class in the fall if they plan to enroll in Biology 142 in the spring. AP students who do not complete the Biology 141 Lab at Emory will not be allowed to enroll in Biology 142 or Biology 142 Lab in the spring semester.

The following table gives suggestions for how to sequence the foundational and core courses. Electives can be fit into your schedule as appropriate. Generally 100-300 level electives are intended for freshmen and sophomores and 400-level electives are intended for juniors and seniors. Always check course prerequistes before registering for a class. Work with your major advisor to tailor your course selection to best fit your academic goals and interests.

Course When Restrictions/Suggestions

Foundation courses

First two years

Bio and Chem can be taken at the same time if high school preparation is adequate, e.g high scores on AP or IB exams

If taking Bio and Chem sequentially, we generally recommend taking Chem BEFORE taking Bio.

NBB 201/ANT 200 Sophomore year Offered only FALL semester
NBB 301/BIOL 360 Junior year Offered BOTH semesters; prerequisites are Biol 142 and Chem 142
NBB 302/PSYC 353 Junior year Offered BOTH semesters; we strongly recommend NBB 301 PRIOR to taking NBB 302

NBB 401W or NBB 402W

Senior year

NBB 401W only FALL semester

NBB 402W only offered in Paris summer program

If you are an Oxford Continuee or a transfer student and considering declaring NBB as your major, please see the Advising > Oxford Continuees and Transfer students page for more information.

If you declared NBB as your primary major in Fall 2013 or after

  • If you declared NBB as your major in fall of 2013 or later:

    • Freshman seminars (NBB190 or NBB related freshman seminars from other departments) do not fulfill NBB elective requirements

    • NBB 497 and NBB 498 (Supervised Writing or Supervised Reading) do not fulfill NBB elective requirements.

    • Completion of 8 credits of any combination of NBB495 and NBB499 will count as two NBB electives.  Less than 8 hr credit fulfills no elective requirement.

If you declared NBB as your primary major PRIOR to Fall 2013

If you declared NBB as your major prior to fall of 2013, you will need to speak to your advisor or the Academic Programs Coordinator for information regarding completion of the major.

  • If you declared NBB as your major prior to fall of 2013:
    • You must complete a total of 5 NBB electives.
    • Freshman seminars (NBB190 or NBB related seminars from other departments) do fulfill a maximum of one NBB elective requirement.
    • Four hours of NBB 497W, NBB 498R, NBB 495, or NBB 499R fulfills a maximum of one elective requirement.