Molecular and Cell Biology - BS

Students who select Molecular and Cell Biology as their major will receive a strong background in the cellular and molecular aspects of biology with particular emphasis on eukaryotes. The major provides an excellent foundation for a career in biotechnology, genetic engineering, MD/PhD programs or basic biological research.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH 147Calculus I for Biological Sciences 4
Communication elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 148Calculus II for Biological Sciences 4
Communication elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 213Molecular Cell Biology 3
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 201College Physics 4
American history elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 214Genes, Ecology and Evolution 3
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 202College Physics 4
American history elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 58
1

Students seeking teacher certification must take HIST 105 and HIST 106. Other students may choose HIST 105 and HIST 106 or any 6 hours of American history courses (3 hours may be in Texas history).

2

Students successfully completing the required four semesters of upper-level ROTC courses may substitute these courses for 3 hours of American history and 3 hours of government/political science.

The following are CBK courses and must be completed prior to the start of 5th full semester: BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 213, BIOL 214, CHEM 101 & CHEM 111, CHEM 102 & CHEM 112, CHEM 227 & CHEM 237, CHEM 228 & CHEM 238, MATH 147, MATH 148.

Third Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BICH 410Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 351Fundamentals of Microbiology 34
GENE 302
GENE 312
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
STAT 302Statistical Methods 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BICH 411Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
BICH 414Biochemical Techniques I 2
BICH 431/GENE 431Molecular Genetics 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Elective 45
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
BIOL 413Cell Biology 3
BIOL 414Developmental Biology 3
BIOL 423Cell Biology Laboratory 51
POLS 206American National Government 63
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Elective 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POLS 207State and Local Government 63
Select directed electives from the list below 37
Creative arts 3
Elective 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 62
3

Two courses in the major must be designated as writing intensive.

4

Courses that cannot be used as free electives are: one hour introductory classes (BIMS 101, AGLS 101, etc.); MATH 102, MATH103; BIOL 101, BIOL 107BIOL 113, BIOL 206; Corps-required courses (MILS, NVSC, AERS); CHEM 106/CHEM 116.

5

Can be replaced by BIOL 435 or BIOL 455.

6

Students successfully completing the required four semesters of upper-level ROTC courses may substitute these courses for 3 hours of American history and 3 hours of government/political science.

Directed Electives

Select one course from the following:
Any 300-400 level BIOL course
OCNG 420Biological Oceanography3
Select remaining courses from the following:
Cell Biology
BIOL 430Biological Imaging4
VIBS 343Histology4
VIBS 443Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues4
Organismal Biology
BIOL 344Embryology4
BIOL 388Principles of Animal Physiology4
BIOL 434/NRSC 434Regulatory and Behavioral Neuroscience3
BIOL 435Laboratory for Regulatory and Behavioral Neuroscience1
BIOL 466Principles of Evolution3
BIOL 467Integrative Animal Behavior3
MEPS 313Introduction to Plant Physiology3
Molecular and Computational Biology
BIOL 450/BICH 450Genomics4
BIOL 451Bioinformatics3
BICH 432/GENE 432Laboratory in Molecular Genetics2
CHEM 327Physical Chemistry I3
Microbiology
BIOL 406/GENE 406Bacterial Genetics3
BIOL 438Bacterial Physiology4
BIOL 445Biology of Viruses3
BIOL 454Immunology3
BIOL 455Laboratory in Immunology2
BIOL 456Medical Microbiology4