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Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology

A Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology will prepare you to pursue a career in medicine and is also ideally suited for students who intend to pursue graduate studies in fields such as genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology.

Requirements

To complete our most specialized and rigorous major, students must earn 40 credit hours in biology, including 26 credit hours of core courses (including genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry) and 14 credit hours of biology electives.

In addition, 26 credit hours of chemistry and physics courses are required. 

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Orientation to Biology (BIOL 1101)

Fundamentals of Biology with lab (BIOL 1214)

General Chemistry I + Lab (CHEM 1104, 1141)

English Composition I (ENGL 1113)

Liberal Arts Seminar (LAS 1063)

16 CH

Spring Semester

Biology Elective1

General Chemistry II + lab (CHEM 1204 , 1241)

English Composition II (ENGL 1213)

College Algebra (MATH 1503)

15 CH

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Genetics (BIOL 3003) and / or General Microbiology with lab (BIOL 3114)

Organic Chemistry I + lab (CHEM 3103, 3141)

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Spring Semester

Cell Biology with lab (BIOL 3514) or Biology Elective1

Organic Chemistry II + lab (CHEM 3203, 3241)

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Genetics (BIOL 3003) or General Microbiology with lab (BIOL 3114)

General Physics I + lab (PHYS 1503, 1541)

Biochemistry I with lab (BIOL 3714)

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Spring Semester

Cell Biology with lab (BIOL 3514) or

Molecular Biology with lab (BIOL 4214) or

Biology Elective1

General Physics II+ lab (PHYS 1603, 1641)

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Admissions tests for Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy Schools are typically taken Spring or Summer of Junior year. Some specific Biology and Social Science courses are strongly recommended prior to some of these exams; consult with advisors.

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Biology Capstone (BIOL 4502)

Biology Elective1

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Spring Semester

Cell Biology with lab (BIOL 3514) or

Molecular Biology with lab (BIOL 4214) or

Biology Elective(s)1

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

124 CH total must be earned

114 CH of Biology elective courses are required for the degree and may include General Zoology (BIOL 2414), General Botany (BIOL 2214), and/or any 3000- and/or 4000-level BIOL-prefix courses, with the exception of Introductory Biochemistry (BIOL 3103), which may not count as elective CH for this degree program.

At least 2 CH must be Directed Study  (BIOL 3851-6 or BIOL 4851-6), which is typically taken in the Junior year, and which must be taken prior to the Capstone course taken in the Fall of Senior year. No more than 6 CH may be BIOL- prefix Directed Study, Research, and/or Internship courses.