The study of cell and molecular biology provides an understanding of how molecules function in cells and cells function to build organisms. The degree starts with a strong foundation in biological and chemical principles and then applies them to understanding the fundamental functions of living things. Course work emphasizes topics in genetics, molecular, and cell biology in the junior and senior years. Laboratory experiences include an opportunity for students to conduct original research working closely with a faculty mentor. Students who complete this major will be prepared for professional degrees and graduate school or for careers in biological industry, pharmaceutical companies, and biomedical fields.
Students who complete degree programs in the Plymouth State University Department of Biological Sciences will demonstrate:
An understanding of the scientific method as the means to increase understanding of the natural world through hypothesis-testing. Our BS programs require more background in chemistry and physics in support of this outcome, while our BA program allows for greater breadth.
An aptitude for critically reading scientific literature, including primary research journals.
Proficiency in writing, especially in scientific format.
An ability to present scientific information orally with emphasis on clear interpretation of scientific data.
Proficiency in techniques specific to a subdiscipline of biology, including but not limited to laboratory, field, and statistical techniques.
An understanding of the critical issues facing the environment at local, regional, national, and global scales.
Biological literacy allowing for the evaluation of new information and emerging issues.
Readiness for post-graduate experiences in graduate school, professional school, or biology employment.
Degree Requirements (120 Credits)
Biological Science I (TECO)
Biological Science II
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II
Conservation (DICO) (GACO) (INCO)
Cell Structure and Function
Upper Level Cell and Molecular Biology Electives – complete three courses from the following; one course must be Research Intensive (BI 4150, BI 4770, BI 4780, or BI 4950); one course must be a Writing in the Discipline Connection (WRCO) (BI 4150, BI 4770, BI 4780):
Biochemistry I (INCO) or
Biochemistry I (INCO)
Developmental Biology (WRCO)
Animal Physiology (WRCO)
General Chemistry I (QRCO)
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Mathematics Foundations – complete one of the following:
Applied Calculus I (MATH)
Calculus I (MATH)
Physics – complete (PH 2130) or (PH 2410 and PH 2430):
University Physics I
University Physics Laboratory I
The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry*
Creative Thought Directions
Past and Present Directions
Self and Society Directions
*For students entering with 24 or more transfer credits, this course becomes an elective.
*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.