Molecular & Cellular Biology

The Molecular & Cellular Biology major combines a rigorous grounding in the foundational principles of biological science at all scales of organization from molecules to ecosystems with significant coursework in cell/molecular biology. The curriculum provides students with extensive research experience through elective labs and supervised research with Biology faculty or internships with local biotech or pharmaceutical companies. 

Curriculum

Biology Core Courses

  • BI 111, 112 Concepts in Biology I and II
  • BI 113, 114 Concepts in Biology I and II Laboratory
  • BI 201, 203 Genetics and Evolution: Organisms to Populations (lecture and lab)
  • BI 202, 204 Ecology: Populations to Ecosystems (lecture and lab)
  • BI 399 Senior Seminar

Molecular & Cellular Biology Core Courses

  • BI 320 or BI 355 Applied Molecular Genetics or Molecular Biology
  • BI 311, 313 Cell Biology w/lab
  • BI 360 or BI 390 Supervised Research or Internship (at least 3 credits)

Molecular & Cellular Biology Elective Courses

Three Biology courses at the 200-level or higher are required, with at least two courses from the molecular area of study. Of these three elective courses at least one must include a lab. BI 206/208 Anatomy & Physiology I is an exception and does not satisfy one of these elective requirements. BI 207/209 Anatomy & Physiology II can satisfy one of these elective requirements.

Required Supporting Courses

  • CH 151, 152, 153, 154 General Chemistry I & II w/Lab
  • CH 221, 223 Organic Chemistry I w/ Lab
  • CH 222, 224 Organic Chemistry II w/ Lab
  • CH 341, 343 Biochemistry I w/ Lab
  • MA 131 Statistics for Decision Making
  • At least 4 credits in physics at the 100 level or above
  • One other mathematics course: MA 140 or above; MA 151 is recommended

Molecular Biology Area

  • BI 212 Developmental Biology
  • BI 230 Microbiology
  • BI 306 Pharmacology
  • BI 311 Cell Biology
  • BI 320 Applied Molecular Genetics
  • BI 325 Immunology
  • BI 335 Topics in Genetics
  • BI 340 Cancer Biology
  • BI 345 Neurobiology
  • BI 355 Molecular Biology