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2022-2023 Catalog
Biology: Molecular/Cell Bio. & Biotech (Bachelor of Science)

Program Description for Biology

Major: Biology Concentration: Molecular/Cell Bio. & Biotech Degree: Bachelor of Science

Prerequisites (31 credits)

Requires grades of C or above.

BSC1010C General Biology I (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: PCB x011C, BSC x040/L, x010/L

BSC1011C General Biology II (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: ZOO x010, BOT x010/L, BSC x041, BOT x013/L, BSC x011/L


  • CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
  • CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Lab
    Acceptable substitutes: CHM x040 & x041 or CHMX045C


  • CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
  • CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Lab
    Acceptable substitute: CHM x046C


  • CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Lab
    Acceptable substitutes: PHY 3053/L, 3048/L, CHM x210C


  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab
    Acceptable substitutes: PHY x054/L, x049/L, CHM x211C

MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: MAC x233, x253, x281, x241

MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: STA x023, x024, x321, MAC x234, x282

Core Requirements (12 credits)

**The Department of Biology has specific requirements that must be completed as preparation for major courses. The following courses must be taken in addition to the prerequisites indicated above.Requires a grade of C or above

BSC2012C General Biology III (4 Credits)

  • Prereqs: BSC 1010C & BSC 1011C


Any Organic I & II or Physics I & II not completed as part of the prerequisites must be taken as core courses.

  • PHY 2048 Calculus Physics I
  • PHY 2048L Calculus Physics I Lab
  • PHY 2049 Calculus Physics II
  • PHY 2049L Calculus Physics II Lab
  • PHY 2053 Algebra Physics I
  • PHY 2053L Algebra Physics I Lab
  • PHY 2054 Algebra Physics II
  • PHY 2054L Algebra Physics II Lab
  • CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab

    Students may take either CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II & CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II lab or CHM 3120C Quantitative Analytical Chemistry.
  • CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM 3120C Quantitative Analytical Chemistry

Major Requirements (18 credits)

Requires grades of C or above. Courses must be taken in prerequisite order. Electronic approval must be obtained each semester for courses whose prerequisites are transfers. Please check the catalog course description section for prerequisites required for each course prior to registering. If one course is a prerequisite for another, the two may not be taken together. Students will be administratively withdrawn from courses if earned grades in prerequisite courses are less than a C.

PCB3043C Principles of Ecology (4 Credits)

Prereq: BSC 2012C

PCB3063C Genetics (4 Credits)

Prereqs: BSC 2012C and CHM 2210/2210L

PCB3023C Molecular and Cell Biology (4 Credits)

Prereqs: BSC 2012C and CHM 2210/2210L

PCB4713C Physiology (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PCB 3023C and PHY 2054/2054L

BSC4840 Senior Seminar Preparation (1 Credit)

  • New course number is BSC4842
  • Pre-req is a minimum of 11 credits of upper level Biology courses.

BSC4947 Senior Seminar Practicum (1 Credit)

  • Prereq: BSC4840 or BSC4842

Major Electives (11 credits)

Major electives require a grade of C or above.

  • One Biology elective must have a lab to complete this requirement. Students are encouraged to take BSC 4921 Biology Lecture Series as part of their major elective coursework. No more than 2 credits of BSC 4921 may be used in the Major Elective area.

BCH4024 Mol Biol Biochem (3 Credits)

  • Students can take BCH4024 Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (Prerequisite: PCB 3023C) & BCH4024L Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Lab or BCH4033 Biochemistry (Prerequisite: CHM3120C and CHM2211/L)

BCH4024L Mol Biol Biochem Lab (1 Credit)


  • ZOO 4753C Histology
  • MCB 4021C Molecular Biology Techniques


  • PCB 4067C Molecular Basis of Inheritance
  • PCB 4234 Biology of Cancer
  • PCB 4233 Immunology
  • PCB 4805 Endocrinology
  • PCB 4843 Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
  • MCB 3020C Microbial Biology
  • MCB 4503 Virology
  • BSC 4930 Special Topics in Biology
  • BSC 4022 Biology of Aging

Free Electives (19 credits)


This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).