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Biology B.S./B.A. with Cell and Molecular Biology Emphasis

Curriculum for the Biology B.S./B.A. with Cell and Molecular Biology Emphasis
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Cell and Molecular Biology is a field of study that delves into the intricate world of cells, the basic units of life, and the molecules that govern their functions. It seeks to understand the structure, function, and interactions of cellular components at the molecular level. This includes studying the properties of DNA, RNA, proteins, and other biomolecules, and how these components contribute to cell function and organization. The field also explores how cells communicate with each other, how they differentiate to become specialized cell types, and how they divide and replicate. The knowledge gained from cell and molecular biology has profound implications for medicine, biotechnology, and understanding life itself. It forms the basis for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, and also plays a crucial role in genetic engineering and biotechnological innovations.

Warning: requirements can change without notice. Please check with an advisor for up to date information.

The Science Core (30 cr)

  • CHEM 1210 or CHEM 1211, Gen Chem I or Honors Gen Chem I (4 cr)
  • CHEM 1215 or CHEM 1240, Gen Chem Lab I or Honors Gen Chem Lab I (1 cr)
  • CHEM 1220 or CHEM 1221, Gen Chem II or Honors Gen Chem I (4 cr)
  • CHEM 1215 or CHEM 1241, Gen Chem Lab II or Honors Gen Chem Lab II (1 cr)
  • CHEM 2310 or CHEM 2311, Organic Chem I or Honors Organic Chem I (4 cr)
  • MATH 1170 or MATH 1210, Calculus for Biologists I or Calculus I(4 cr)
  • MATH 1180 or MATH 1220, Statistics with Calculus for Biologists or Calculus II (4 cr)
  • PHYS 2010 or PHYS 2210, Gen Physics I or Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (4 cr)
  • PHYS 2020 or PHYS 2220, Gen Physics II or Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (4 cr)

The Biology Core (16–17 cr)

  • BIOL 1610, Fundamental Principles of Biology I (4 cr)
  • BIOL 1615, Fundamental Principles of Biology Lab I (1 cr)
  • BIOL 1620, Fundamental Principles of Biology II (4 cr)
  • BIOL 1625, Fundamental Principles of Biology Lab II (1 cr)
  • BIOL 2020 or BIOL 2021, Principles of Cell Biology (3 cr) or Principles of Cell Science (4 cr)
  • BIOL 2030, Genetics (3 cr)

Required Courses (15 cr)

  • BIOL 3510 or CHEM 3510, Biological Chemistry I (3 cr)
  • One course from the following list: (courses in this list and the one below cannot count twice)
    • BIOL 3370, Microbial Biology (3 cr)
    • BIOL 3410, Ecology and Evolution (3 cr)
    • BIOL 3520 or CHEM 3520, Biological Chemistry II (3 cr)
    • BIOL 5120, Gene Expression (3 cr)
    • BIOL 5210, Cell Structure and Function (3 cr)
  • Two courses from the following list: One must be a 5000-level course. (courses in this list and the one above cannot count twice)
    • BIOL 3210, General and Pathogenic Microbiology (3 cr)
    • BIOL 3230, Developmental Biology (3 cr)
    • BIOL 3240, Introduction to Cellular Neurobiology (3 cr)
    • BIOL 3370, Microbial Biology (3cr)
    • BIOL 3410, Ecology and Evolution (3 cr)
    • BIOL 3520 or CHEM 3520, Biological Chemistry II (3 cr)
    • BIOL 3550 or 3551, Physical Principles in Biology (3 cr)
    • BIOL 5120, Gene Expression (3 cr)
    • BIOL 5140, Genome Biology (3 cr)
    • BIOL 5210, Cell Structure and Function (3 cr)
    • BIOL 5510, Genes, Development and Evolution (3 cr)
    • CHEM 5810, Nanoscience (3 cr)
  • One of the following lab courses:
    • BIOL 3515 or CHEM 3515, Biological Chemistry Lab (3 cr, 1 lab unit)
    • BIOL 3525 or CHEM 3525, Molecular Biology of DNA lab (3 cr, 2 lab units)
    • BIOL 5255, Prokaryotic Genetics (3 cr, 2 lab units)

Electives (for a total of 36 biology credits)

In addition to the biology core courses, all biology majors must choose from a list of electives to satisfy the following requirements
  • two 5000-level biology courses
  • two biology lab courses totaling three units
  • minimum of 40 upper division hours (3000+).
  • 21 Biology credit hours must be taken at the U