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Department of Biology

B.S. in Biology with Molecular Biology Emphasis

The recent rapid advances in the areas of genetics, molecular biology and related biotechnologies have created a strong demand for college graduates with specialized training in these areas. Hands-on experience in the use of the latest techniques is particularly important to this training.

The B.S. in Biology with molecular biology emphasis program is designed for students seeking a rigorous, laboratory-intensive curriculum to prepare them for health-related professions, research jobs or graduate programs in a number of areas related to molecular biology.

This specialized Biology major requires 37 credit hours including 11 required Biology courses (26-29 credit hours) and Biology elective courses (7-11 credit hours) plus cognate courses in Calculus, Chemistry and Physics. This track allows students to receive the strong background in fundamental biology required of all majors, while also specializing in the area of molecular biology. Students will follow the program outlined below.

   

Biology Courses: Required

26-29 credit hours

BIOL 101 General Biology I (3)
BIOL 111 General Biology I Lab (1)
BIOL 102 General Biology II (3)
BIOL 112 General Biology II Lab (1)
BIOL 251 Cell Biology (3)
BIOL 265 Ecology (3)
BIOL 282 Genetics (3)
BIOL 283 Genetics Lab (1)
BIOL 366 Cell Physiology and Biochemistry (3)

ONE of the following:

BIOL 382 Molecular Genetics (3)
BIOL 387 Genomics (3)
BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3)

ONE of the following:

BIOL 366L Biochemistry Lab (2)
BIOL 390 Molecular Biology Lab (4)
BIOL 391 Forensic Molecular Biology (5)
BIOL 396 Research (3)*
BIOL 397H Sr. Honors Thesis (3)*
BIOL 398 Internship (1-3)

*Topics must be approved by Biology Department

Biology Courses: Electives

8-11 credit hours

BIOL 252 Cell Biology Lab (1)
BIOL 302 Microbiology (4)
BIOL 314 Advanced Microbiology (3)
BIOL 315 Immunology (4)
BIOL 317 Biology of Persistent Diseases (3)
BIOL 319 Evolution (3)
BIOL 366L Biochemistry Lab (2)**
BIOL 377 Molecular Pathogenesis (3)
BIOL 382 Molecular Genetics (3)**
BIOL 387 Genomics (3) **
BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3)**
BIOL 390 Molecular Biology Lab (4) **
BIOL 391 Forensic Molecular Biology (5) **
BIOL 396 Research (Capstone Course) -or- BIOL 397H Sr. Honors Thesis (3) **
BIOL 398 Internship (Capstone Course) (1-3) **

** If not taken as a requirement

Chemistry

16 credit hours

CHEM 101  General Chemistry A (3) *
CHEM 111  General Chemistry Lab A (1)
CHEM 102  General Chemistry B (3) *
CHEM 112  General Chemistry Lab B (1)
CHEM 223  Organic Chemistry A (3) **
CHEM 225  Organic Chemistry Lab A (1)
CHEM 224  Organic Chemistry B (3) **
CHEM 226  Organic Chemistry Lab B (1)

*   OR CHEM 105, CHEM 106
** OR CHEM 221, CHEM 222

Mathematics

6 credit hours

MATH 131 OR 161  Calculus I (3/4)
MATH 132 OR 162  Calculus II (3/4)

Physics

8 credit hours

PHYS 111 OR 113  Physics I (3/4)
PHYS 131 OR 133  Physics Lab I (1)
PHYS 112 OR 114  Physics II (3/4)
PHYS 132 OR 134  Physics Lab II (1)

   
Suggested Course Sequence

The biology department recommends that students pursuing the B.S. in Biology with Molecular Biology Emphasis complete their required classes in the following sequence. Requirements include courses in Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Mathematics (MATH) and Physics (PHYS):

First SemesterCredit HrsSecond SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL 101, 111
CHEM 101, 111
MATH 131
4
4
3
BIOL 102, 112
CHEM 102, 112
MATH 132
4
4
3
Third SemesterCredit HrsFourth SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL 251
BIOL 265
CHEM 223, 225
3
3
4
BIOL 282
BIOL 283
CHEM 224, 226
3
1
4
Fifth SemesterCredit HrsSixth SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL Elective (Molecular)
BIOL Elective (Molecular)
PHYS 111, 131
2-5
2-5
4
BIOL 366
BIOL 382 or 387 or 388
PHYS 112, 132
3
3
4
Seventh SemesterCredit HrsEighth SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL Lab 366L or 390 or
391 or 396 or 397H or 398

2-5

BIOL Elective (Molecular)
BIOL Elective (Molecular)

2-5
2-5

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