Cell and Molecular Biology, B.S.

Program Learning Goals in Cell and Molecular Biology

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of biology and develop competency in specific areas of interest.
    1. Understand the basic chemical principles, cell structure and organization, and metabolism of living organisms.
    2. Understand plant and animal anatomy and physiology, with an emphasis on form and function.
    3. Understand the principles of molecular, transmission, quantitative, evolutionary, and population genetics.
    4. Understand cell signaling, regulation of protein function, eukaryotic cell cycle control, and cancer.
    5. Understand gene and genome analysis, genome organization, transposable elements, chromosome structure, replication, and expression of genetic information in eukaryotes.
  2. Use an empirical approach to evaluate biological phenomena.
  3. Analyze biological data and communicate its importance through effective oral and written presentation.

Major Requirements

34-37 credit hours of biology and biochemistry courses, plus 28-33 credits of required support courses in other departments. Courses are to be chosen with advisor approval and always include applicable laboratory corequisites. Students should refer to the registration website to identify appropriate courses to complete the core within the major (i.e., additional writing (AW) and oral presentation (OP), and capstone courses).

Required Courses:

BL 155PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I

3 to 4

BL 156PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II

3

BL 157PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY I

1

BL 158PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY II

1

BL 213GENETICS

4

 

BL 215INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY

3

or

BL 470MOLECULAR METHODS LABORATORY

3

 

BL 459MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY

3

BL 465MOLECULAR GENETICS

3

 

CH 431GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY

4

or

CH 435BIOCHEMISTRY I

3

 

CH 437BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY

1

Plus three courses from the following: (including laboratory corequsite)

BL 159PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY III

3

and

BL 160PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY III

1

 

BL 215INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY

3

BL 295UNDERGRADUATE BIOLOGY RESEARCH

1 to 3

BL 301INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY

3

BL 302DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

3

BL 310MICROBIOLOGY

4

BL 399SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY

1 to 3

BL 410MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY

3

BL 470MOLECULAR METHODS LABORATORY

3

BL 471IMMUNOLOGY

3

BL 475ENDOCRINOLOGY

3

CH 436BIOCHEMISTRY II

3

Required Support Courses:

CH 141GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

4

CH 142GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

4

CH 143GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I

1

CH 144GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II

1

or

CH 151CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES

4

CH 153CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES LABORATORY

1

 

CH 221ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

3

CH 222ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

3

CH 223ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I

1

CH 224ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II

1

MT 135CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I

4

DATA 228STATISTICS FOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

3

PH 125GENERAL PHYSICS I

3

PH 126GENERAL PHYSICS II

3