Molecular Biology Major (B.S.)

The main objectives of our undergraduate Molecular Biology major are: to educate students in greater depth in molecular studies than would be possible in our Biology program, and to prepare students in the methodological advances which have changed the study of biology in recent years. The field of molecular biology has an impact on almost every other area of study in the biological sciences, and its development has led to expanded graduate and professional programs.  The Molecular Biology curriculum will provide undergraduate students with a fundamental knowledge of the principles and practices inherent in the rapidly advancing field of molecular biology.

Students who major in Molecular Biology can also enter the burgeoning biotechnology industry, well prepared to compete in the modern scientific marketplace, as most institutions carry on basic or applied research in biomedical areas today using techniques of molecular biology.  Students completing this major will be well-prepared to enter professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and optometry, as well as graduate programs.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Required Courses
BIOL 112Principles of Biology I4
BIOL 113Principles of Biology II4
BIOL 230Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 350Microbiology4
BIOL 380Genetics4
BIOL 434Molecular Biology3
BIOL 435Experimental Molecular Biology3
Research Requirement
BIOL 409Externship in Biological Research (Co-operative Education)4
or BIOL 418 Biology Independent Research
Elective Courses
Select 8 credits from the list (see below)8
Chemistry Collateral
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 232Experimental Organic Chemistry I2
CHEM 370Biochemistry I3
CHEM 371Biochemistry II3
Physics Collateral
Select one of the following sequences:8
University Physics I
and University Physics II
College Physics I
and College Physics II
Math Collateral
Select one of the following sequences:8
Statistics for the Biological Sciences
and Calculus A
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Computer Science Collaterals
CSIT 100Introduction to Computer Concepts3
or CSIT 111 Fundamentals of Programming I
Total Credits79

Elective Courses

BIOL 360Introduction to Bio-Imaging3
BIOL 405Cell Culture3
BIOL 406Scanning Electron Microscopy4
BIOL 410Toxicology3
BIOL 411Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy4
BIOL 415Population Genetics3
BIOL 425Elementary Plant Physiology3
BIOL 433Developmental Biology4
BIOL 442Human Physiology4
BIOL 443Vertebrate Embryology4
BIOL 444Cell Physiology3
BIOL 445Immunology3
BIOL 446Endocrinology3
BIOL 447Fundamentals of Pharmacology3
BIOL 450Medical Microbiology3
BIOL 451Comparative Animal Physiology3
BIOL 457Virology3
BIOL 458Microbial Genetics3
BIOL 468Neurobiology3
BIOL 471Biomedical Ethics2
BIOL 475Medical Genetics3
BIOL 476Biology of Cancer3
BIOL 482Research Community I: Molecular Biology4
BIOL 483Research Community II: Molecular Biology4
BIOL 487Statistical Genomics3
BIOL 488Selected Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology3-4
BIOL 491Research in Biology Literature1
BIOL 492Senior Colloquium1
BIOL 493Molecular Ecology3
BIOL 497Genomics3