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
SPRG 108 Service Learning 0
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

Students may opt for either MATH 116 or MATH 335. If opting for MATH 116 in Spring of freshman year, the UCOR course asterisked under Spring of freshmen year can be taken instead of MATH 335 during Spring of sophomore year.

BIOL electives may be chosen from any concentration. The following electives are suggested based on a significant cell/molecular component. Students in this track are not required to have a supra-organismal concentration.

BIOL 313 Developmental Biology
BIOL 319 General Microbiology
BIOL 405 Microbial Genetics
BIOL 424 Immunology
BIOL 460 Endocrinology
BIOL 475 Neurobiology
BIOL426 Pathogenic Microbiology
BIOL 250/468 Genetics / Human Genetics*
         *one of these courses is required, the other may be taken as elective credit
CHEM402 Biochemistry II
         *If opting for this, should ideally be taken Spring of year 3, following CHEM 401

Undergraduate research is recommended but not required. The following courses related to undergraduate research and an Honors thesis (an option for some students) earn elective credit:

BIOL398/399/415H Undergrad Research/Honors Research (max 6 credits of elective credit)
BIOL394 Biology Research Forum (1 credit course for students engaged in research)

The following CHEM courses (in addition to 402) are possible as elective credits, CHEM 301 (Phys Chem for Life Sciences), CHEM 510 (Bioanalytical Chem).

The University will offer various courses each semester to satisfy the UCOR requirements. UCOR courses can be taken in any sequence throughout the undergraduate curriculum

- A minimum grade of C in Biology I & II, Cell & Molecular Biology is prerequisite for all advanced biology courses
-Students must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better to remain enrolled in BSNES
-Students must maintain a GPA of 2.00 in biology courses in order to graduate