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Bachelor of Science Degree 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.


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. 

Cell and Molecular Biology (B.S.)

Major Requirements (Required Biology Hours: 26)Credit Hours: 66 (68)
BIOL 1101 Orientation to Biology1
BIOL 1214 Fundamentals of Biology4
BIOL 3003 Genetics3
BIOL 3114 General Microbiology4
BIOL 3514 Cell Biology4
BIOL 3714 Biochemistry I4
BIOL 4214 Molecular Biology4
BIOL 4502 Biology Capstone2

Additional 3000- and/or 4000-level BIOL-prefix courses (except BIOL 3103 Introductory Biochemistry, which may not count towards a major in Cell and Molecular Biology). At least 2 credit hours of elective courses must be in directed study (BIOL 3851-6 or 4851-6), and no more than 6 credit hours total may be in BIOL-prefix directed study, research, and/or internship courses.

Elective Biology Hours (Select from the following)14
BIOL 2214 General Botany
BIOL 2414 General Zoology

Required Ancillary Hours26 (28)
CHEM 1104 General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 1204 General Chemistry II4
CHEM 1241 General Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 3103 Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 3141 Organic Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 3203 Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 3241 Organic Chemistry II Lab1
PHYS 1503 General Physics I or 3
PHYS 2104 University Physics I (4)
PHYS 1541 General Physics I Lab or 1
PHYS 2141 University Physics I Lab(1)
PHYS 1603 General Physics II or3
PHYS 2204 University Physics II(4)
PHYS 1641 General Physics II Lab or1
PHYS 2241 University Physics II Lab(1)

Fall Semester Freshman Year (16 Credit Hours)

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)

Spring Semester Freshman Year (15 Credit Hours)

Biology Elective1

General Chemistry II + lab (CHEM 1204 , 1241)

English Composition II (ENGL 1213)

College Algebra (MATH 1503)

Fall Semester Sophomore Year (15-16 Credit Hours)

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 Sophomore Year (15-16 Credit Hours)

Cell Biology with lab (BIOL 3514) or Biology Elective1

Organic Chemistry II + lab (CHEM 3203, 3241)

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Fall Semester Junior Year (15-16 Credit Hours)

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 Junior Year (16 Credit Hours)

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.

Fall Semester Senior Year (15-16 Credit Hours)

Biology Capstone (BIOL 4502)

Biology Elective1

General Education classes to total 15-16 CH

Spring Semester Senior Year (15-16 Credit Hours)

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 Total Credit Hours 

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.


If you score above a 22 on the ACT/100 SAT with a 3.0 GPA, you qualify for: 

Academic scholarships from $1,700–$8,000 per year

Departmental scholarships from $3,000–$11,000 per year

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