Curriculum in Cell/Molecular/Biotechnology

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Freshman Fall Semester Freshman Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
23-101 General Biology I 4 23-102 General Biology II 4
24-101 General and Analytical Chem. I 4 24-102 General and Analytical Chem. II 4
01-101 English Composition I 3 01-102 English Composition II 3
  Social Science 3 25-122 Trigonometry 3
23-191 University Seminar I 1 23-192 University Seminar II 1
      23-194 Intro. to Biology Professions 1
Total Credits
Total Credits
Sophomore Fall Semester Sophomore Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
23-215 Cell Biology 4 23-210 Genetics 4
24-301 Organic Chemistry I 4 24-302 Organic Chemistry II 4
16-100 Fitness and Wellness 2   Literature 3
23-261 Calculus for Life Sciences 4 23-321 Biostatistics 3
01-200 Speech 3 23-299 Soph. Seminar – Sci. Literature 1
Total Credits
Total Credits
Junior Fall Semester Junior Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
23-310 Molecular Biology 4 24-403 Biochemistry OR  
23-xxx Biology Elective 4 23-422 Biochemical Mechanisms 4
  History 3 31-395 Global Societies 3
26-211 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 26-212 Fundamentals of Physics II 4
      23-399 Junior Seminar-Sci. Writing* 1
      23-471 Nucleic Acids Biotechnology 4
Total Credits
Total Credits
Summer Research Internship
Senior Fall Semester Senior Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
03-105/ 202/322 Ethics course (Humanities) 3   Arts and Humanities 3
23-472 Protein Biotechnology 4 23-410 Advanced Molecular Biology 4
23-415 Advanced Cell Biology 4 23-xxx Biology Elective 4
23-301 Problems in Biology OR     Open Elective 3-4
23-451 Senior Research (Capstone I)** 2 23-499 Senior Seminar (Capstone II)** 1
Total Credits
Total Credits
Total Credits: 122-123

** Senior Capstone
*   Writing Intensive Course(s)

BIOLOGY ELECTIVES: Students must not take less than 18 credits of Biology courses from the course elective list below. These are the only ones that can satisfy the Biology elective requirement for this track.  Substitutions can be requested, under special circumstances, but require written approval of advisor and Chair in advance.

The Curriculum Tracks are designed for the intended career goal, including anticipation of entrance examinations, so students should adhere to the suggested sequence.  It is advisable for the student to check possible post graduate school requirements during their Junior year to ensure that satisfy expectations of intended graduate/profession choices.

REQUIREMENTS:  Students can not take either 23-210 or 23-215 without first passing both 23-101 and 23-102 with a grade of "C" or better.  In order for a student to take any 300 or 400 level Biology Department course, they must also pass both 23-210 and 23-215 with a "C" or better.  These grade requirements take precedence over, and supersede any lesser specific prerequisites of all 300 or 400 level Biology electives.  All students must pass the Biology Comprehensive Assessment (BCA) examination of core courses given to all students in 23-399.  If they do not pass, then the student must take 23-498 and pass the BCA, which is required for successful completion of this course, and the biology program.

SPECIAL NOTES:    For all programs and tracks, a grade of “C” or better is required for all Biology courses.     For the Cell/Molecular/Biotechnology and for the Health Professions tracks, a grade of “C” or better is also required in all CMNST courses.

All Biology majors must complete an independent research project.  Those who have completed a research project with a biology faculty member (e.g. 23-301 for credit, or via a paid stipend) prior to the beginning of their senior year, and especially if the project was an internship at another institution, the student must present their data to their advisor in order to be exempted from the required Senior Capstone I course.  If they have not completed a research project, or their internship is inadequate, then they must register for 23-451or 452 to complete a Capstone research project.

If you take, 23-422 instead of 24-403, then you will need to take another Chemistry course if you want a minor in Chemistry – Instrumental Analysis (24-306) with lab is suggested.  Another set of courses the student can consider is Physics-317 (Foundations of Bioengineering) and Physics 409 (Biosensors and Bio-instrumentation) as electives with advisor, instructor, and Biology Chair approval.

All Biology majors are required to successfully complete Senior Seminar (Capstone II, 23-499), no exceptions.

General Note:  The minimum University requirement for graduation is 121 hours; in Biology you will usually complete between 121-125 hours depending on selections.


Biology Electives:

Open Electives:

23-305 Developmental Biology

41-105 Management Processes

23-322 Microbiology

41-325 Organizational Behavior

23-375 Mol. Genetics and Genomics

41-341 Business Ethics

23-420 Immunology

41-435 Entrepreneurship

23-317 Principles of Virology

46-300 Principles of Marketing

23-405 Cell Morphogenesis

35-301 Introduction to Bioinformatics

23-307 Principles of Physiology

25-252 Calculus II 

23-370 Human Anatomy

23-411 Pharmacology


23-311 Neuroscience