Cell and Molecular Biology

DescriptionDegree Requirements

Since the invention of molecular methods in the 1980’s and the completion of the first draft of the human genome in 2001, the field of Biology has been rapidly evolving. As with any field, new technologies and innovations breed new industries and career opportunities for those with the proper training. The study of cell and molecular biology provides an understanding of how molecules function in cells and cells function to build organisms. The degree builds on a strong foundation in basic biological and chemical principles and then applies them to understanding how the fundamental constituents of living things function. Course work has an emphasis in applications to topics in genetics, molecular, and cell biology in the junior and senior years. Laboratory experiences include a strong background in molecular lab techniques and an opportunity for students to conduct original research in a directed lab experience or an independent mentored research project. Students in this major will be prepared to continue into professional degrees and graduate school or for careers in biological industry, pharmaceutical companies, and biomedical fields.

Degree Requirements (120 Credits)


CH 1050 Biological Science I (TECO) 4
CH 2250 Biological Science II 4
CH 2335 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
CH 2340 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
CH 3035 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I 1
CH 3370 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II 1
CH 3380 Microbiology 4
CH 3410 Genetics 4
CH 4025 Evolution 4
CH 4190 Conservation (DICO) (GACO) (INCO) 3
CH 4530 Cell Structure and Function 4
BI 1110 Molecular Biology 4
BI 1120 Biology Seminar 1
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): 12
BI 3035 Biochemistry I (INCO) or
CH 3035 Biochemistry I (INCO)
BI 4150 Developmental Biology (WRCO)
BI 4770 Animal Physiology (WRCO)
BI 4780 Neurobiology (WRCO)
BI 4950 Undergraduate Research
CH 4025 Biochemistry II
CH 1050 Laboratory Safety
CH 2335 General Chemistry I (QRCO)
CH 2340 General Chemistry II
CH 3370 Organic Chemistry I
CH 3380 Organic Chemistry II
Mathematics Foundations – complete one of the following: 4
MA 2490 Applied Calculus I (MATH)
MA 2550 Calculus I (MATH)
Physics – complete (PH 2130) or (PH 2410 and PH 2430): 4
PH 2130 Physics I
PH 2410 University Physics I
PH 2430 University Physics Laboratory I
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry* 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 16-14
*For students entering with 24 or more transfer credits, this course becomes an elective.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.