Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology

Career Opportunities

Molecular Biology - Medicine - Microbiology - Dentistry - Biotechnology - Optometry - Immunology - Biomedical Research - Genetics - and more


Some of the greatest advances in biology today are happening at the molecular frontier. Molecular biology and biotechnology have opened doors for the development of new treatments for diseases and ways to increase crop production to provide food for the growing world population. The concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology prepares students for further study in graduate and professional programs in areas such as genetics, microbiology, immunology, and medicine.


Students interested in pursuing professional education in medicine, pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, or other health sciences are especially encouraged to consider this concentration which was designed to accommodate a broad range of entrance requirements for many of the region's professional programs. (For more information on these pre-professional curricula, please visit the Pre-Health Science Program).


Course plan for a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology


Curriculum Component Courses Required *
Required Support Courses - Foundation for biological studies

CHEM 121-122 and 341-342
PHYS 211-212 or 220-221
MATH 160; or 251, and MATH 210

Biology Requirements - General and focused studies in biological sciences

CORE: BIOL 130, 140, 331, 336, 337, 391, and 410 or 411
Cell and Molecular Biology: BIOL 338, 436-437, MBIO 310

Electives - Courses for deeper exploration of the discipline or exploring related areas

13 hours selected from upper-division courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences Up to 4 hours of Biochemistry (BCHE) may be used to satisfy the elective requirement.


* Students must earn a C or better in all required and elective courses.

Programs of Study

The Biology Department has several different programs of study available.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

As a student, the best way to get involved is to get to know the faculty, learn their interests, and find out more about their research programs.

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