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Molecular Biology Option (BS Biology)(Fall 2008)

Administered by Biological and Allied Health Sciences

Effective Fall 2008

Requirements for the Molecular Biology option are similar to those for students in the general biology curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science. Molecular Biology employs living systems in the development or manufacture of a product or in the technological solution to a problem. It has revolutionized agriculture, medical and veterinary diagnostics, pharmacology and even the legal system. Molecular Biology applies the cutting edge techniques of the biological and chemical sciences (recombinant DNA, genetic engineering, cell and tissue culture and cloning) to improve the quality of our lives.

A maximum of 3 cr hr of 50.490 may be applied as biology elective credit toward the degree. A maximum of 6 cr hr from among 50.390, 50.391, 50.490, 50.493 and 50.494 may be applied as biology elective credit toward the degree.

Required courses:

50.114 Concepts in Biology I

50.115 Concepts in Biology II

50.242 Microbiology

50.271 Cell Biology

50.332 Genetics

50.333 Molecular Biology

50.479 Integrated Physiology Lab (Tissue Culture may be substituted for declared Molecular Biology majors. It may not substitute and also count as a biology elective)

50.481 Senior Biology Seminar

50.484 Methods in Biotechnology

And at least one of the following physiology lecture courses:

50.472 Animal Cell Physiology
50.474 Vertebrate Systems Physiology
50.477 Plant Physiology
50.478 Microbial Physiology
50.480 Comparative Animal Physiology

Choose one of the following two sets:

54.111 Introductory Physics I and 54.112 Introductory Physics II
54.211 General Physics I and 54.212 General Physics II

52.115 Chemistry for the Sciences I

52.116 Chemistry for the Sciences II

52.230 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (Students considering postgraduate education are advised to take 52.231 Organic Chemistry I and 52.232 Organic Chemistry II)

52.341 Biochemistry

52.442 Biochemistry II

Choose one of the following three sets:

53.123 Essentials of Calculus and 53.141 Introduction to Statistics
53.125 Calculus I and 53.141 Introduction to Statistics
53.125 Calculus I and 53.126 Calculus II

50.254 Social Implications of Biology

Electives - Choose a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work from the following list:

50.343 Immunology

50.350 Plant Pathology

50.351 Ecology

50.390 Undergraduate Research in Biology I

50.411 Radiation Biology

50.431 Developmental Biology

50.432 Microbial and Molecular Genetics

50.435 Bioinformatics and Genomic Analysis

50.442 Virology of Mammals

50.444 Plant and Animal Tissue Culture

50.455 Environmental Microbiology

50.476 Neurophysiology

50.490 Internship in Biology

50.493 Honors Independent Study I

50.494 Honors Independent Study II