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Molecular Biology Emphasis

This area of concentration within the Biology major is designed to prepare students for positions in academic, clinical or industrial biotechnology laboratories. It also prepares students for graduate study in genetics, molecular biology and other fields of the life sciences.

In addition to the lower division Biology requirements (BIOL-105, BIOL-106, and BIOL-212) and the required supporting courses in Chemistry, Math and Physics, the following courses constitute the Molecular Biology Emphasis:

  • BIOL - 346 General Microbiology (or BIOL 341 Medical Mirobiology)
  • BIOL - 347 Laboratory in General Microbiology (or BIOL 342 Medical Microbiology Lab)
  • BIOL - 414 Evolution
  • BIOL - 485 Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • BIOL - 486 Laboratory in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • CHEM - 356 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (or CHEM-350, Biochemistry I and CHEM-351 Biochemistry II)

*Plus eight (8) units of upper division elective chosen from the list below. These must include at least one laboratory course (or BIOL-498 Research for Advanced Undergraduates, or BIOL-598 Honors Thesis Research).

  • BIOL - 333/334 Endocrinology/Lab
  • BIOL - 345 Virology
  • BIOL - 355/356 Developmental Biology/Lab
  • BIOL - 370 Biology of Cancer
  • BIOL - 395 ┬áSpecial Topics: Drug Discovery in Biotechnology
  • BIOL - 405 Molecular Medicine
  • BIOL - 420 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL - 443/444 Immunology/Lab
  • BIOL - 458/459 Techniques in Light and Electron Microscopy/Lab
  • BIOL - 481/482 techniques in Cell Biology/Lab
  • BIOL - 498 Research for Advanced Undergraduates
  • BIOL 598 Thesis Research for Biology Honors Program
  • CHEM - 450 Biochemical Genetics

Students must declare the Molecular Biology Emphasis by the end of the junior year.