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Molecular Biology Concentration Curriculum

Majors in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Molecular Biology must complete:

  • University Core (28 credits)
  • BSNES Core (23 credits)
  • Science Co-Requisites (32 credits)
  • Biology Requirements (39 credits)

To graduate, a student:

  • needs a minimum of 122 credit hours.
  • must have at least a 2.0 overall QPA and major QPA.
  • must have a C or better in CHEM121, CHEM121L, BIOL111 or 115, BIOL112 or 117 and BIOL212.

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University Core Requirements - 28 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
UCOR 101 Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum 3
UCOR 102 Literature and Critical Writing 3
UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions 3
UCOR 14X Theology 3
COSC 030 Research/Info Skills 1
Course in Ethics 3
Course in Creative Arts 3
Course in Faith and Reason 3
Course in Global Diversity 3
Course in Social Justice 3

BSNES Core Requirements - 23 credits (minimum)

Course # Course Name Credits
ENGL 302W Science Writing 3
HIST 307 History of Science 3
SPRG 105 Career Development Seminar 1
MATH115 Calculus I 4
MATH225 Biostatistics I 3
MATH116 or 335 Calculus II or Biostatistics II 3-4
General Elective Credits 6

Science Co-Requisites - 32 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM121 Chemistry I 4
CHEM121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM211L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM212L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM401 Biochem I 3
PHYS201 Physics for Life Sciences I 4
PHYS202 Physics for Life Sciences II 4
General Elective Credits 3

Biology Requirements - 39 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
BIOL111 or 115 Biology I and Lab 4
BIOL112 or 117 Biology II and Lab 4
BIOL212 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIOL250 or BIOL468 Genetics or Human Genetics 3
BIOL490 Biology Seminar 1
BIOL370W SuperLab: Lab I 4
BIOL371W,373W, or 376W SuperLab: Lab II, IV, or VI 4
BIOL419 Bioinformatics 3
Additional Biology Electives 12


Suggested Electives

BIOL250 Genetics
BIOL319 General Microbiology
BIOL405 Microbial Genetics
BIOL424 Immunology
BIOL460 Endocrinology
BIOL468 Human Genetics
BIOL475 Neurobiology
BIOL313 Developmental Biology
BIOL426 Pathogenic Microbiology
CHEM402 Biochem II


Additional Approved Electives may be chosen from:

» Courses listed above
» Other Biology Department majors courses
» Undergraduate Research (strongly recommended*)
» Honors Seminar
» Honors Research/Thesis
» CHEM301 (Physical Chem for Life Sciences)
» CHEM 510 (Bioanalytical Chemistry)
» BIOL 508 (Elements of Biotechnology)


• Biology Seminar (BIOL 490) and Biotechnology Product Development (BIOL 509) may not be taken for elective credit.

• Students are not permitted to use more than 6 credits of research (398/399) towards their requirement of 12 credits of biology electives.


Requirements for the Minor

A minor in Biological Sciences consists of BIOL 111, 111L, 112, 112L (with co-requisites of CHEM 121, 121L, 122, 122L) and a minimum of 12 credits selected from the Department's courses numbered 200-495. Normally, this will include BIOL 212 and 3 other courses. Individual prerequisites for courses must be satisfied.