Cell and Molecular Biology Courses

Students wishing to study the function of cells and organisms at the molecular level elect to follow the concentration in cell and molecular biology. The curriculum prepares students for a variety of careers in biomedical research, biotechnology, the health professions, or education.

Lower Division

Course Title Hours
BIO 101 & 103 Principles of Biology with Laboratory 4
BIO 205 & 207 or Invertebrate Zoology with Laboratory 4
BIO 240 & 243 Biomedical Anatomy & Physiology I with Laboratory 4
BIO 241 & 244 or Biomedical Anatomy & Physiology II with Laboratory 4
BIO 254 & 256 Vertebrate Zoology with Laboratory 4
BIO 236 & 238 Microbial Biology with Laboratory 4
CHM 111 & 113 General Chemistry I with Laboratory 4
CHM 112 & 114 General Chemistry II with Laboratory 4
CHM 231 & 233 Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory 4
CHM 232 & 234 Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory 4
MTH 121 Calculus I 4
MTH 163 Basic Statistics for the Sciences 3
PHY 221 & 213 Physics with Calculus I and Laboratory 4
PHY 222 & 214 Physics with Calculus II and Laboratory 4

(Normally, students take either the two-semester sequence in Human Anatomy & Physiology or Invertebrate and Vertebrate Zoology. Also, students may take Botany is place of or in addition to Microbial Biology.)

Upper Division

Course Title Hours
BIO 301 Genetics 3
BIO 302 Genetics Laboratory 1
BIO 360 Cell Biology 3
BIO 362 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 1
*BIO 322 & 324 Developmental Biology with Laboratory 4
*BIO 330 & 331 Entomology with Laboratory 4
*BIO 351 & 353 Parasitology with Laboratory 4
*BIO 410 Immunology 3
*BIO 440 Basic and Clinical Endocrinology 3
*BIO 450 Molecular Biology 3
*BIO 462 & 464 General Physiology with Laboratory 4
*BIO 470 Mechanisms of Disease 3
*BIO 480 Neurobiology 3

*Elective

The following courses are recommended for all biology majors:

Bioethics or PHL 214 Environmental Ethics
PHL 370 Philosophy of Science
SOC 384 Medical Sociology