Effective Fall 2014

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Cell and Molecular Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology; General Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; Biomolecular Science; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The curriculum in Cellular and Molecular Biology offers students an integrated program of study and training in the biological and physical sciences. It is a pathway to graduate study in areas of biology and medicine that emphasizes a quantitative and analytical approach to the life sciences.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and BIOLOGY 173;
  • CHEMISTRY 210/211 and CHEMISTRY 215/216;
  • MATH 115 
  • One course from:
    • MATH 116
    • STATS 250
    • BIOPHYS 290 or PHYSICS 290
    • STATS 400-level or above
    • any course that lists MATH 115 as a prerequisite 

    [Note: Any course used to meet this requirement cannot also be used as an elective in the major, i.e., a course cannot “double-count.”]

  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.

 

Requirements for the Major

  1.  Required courses.
    • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    • Biochemistry: MCDB 310 (or CHEM 451 and 452, or BIOLCHEM 451 and 452, or BIOLCHEM 415);
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology: MCDB 427; MCDB 428.
  2. Advanced laboratory requirement. Two advanced lab courses from among: MCDB 306, 400*, 413, 419, 423, or 429.
  3. Biology/Chemistry elective. One course chosen from:
    •  BIOLOGY 205, 207, 222, 225
    • MCDB 308, 321
    • CHEM 230 or 260, or 241/242 or 245/246/247, or 452 
    • any advanced CMB course (See #4).
  4. Advanced CMB courses. Choose two courses from:

    MCDB 400*, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 408, 411, 415, 418, 422, 425, 426, 430, 432, 435, 436, 437, 441, 444, 455, 456,  469, 489, 504, and 589.

    A third (or fourth) advanced CMB lab course (MCDB 306, 400*, 419, 423, or 429) may also be used to meet this requirement.

    *Note: Only three credits of independent study may count toward the major. Three credits must be completed in one term to meet the advanced laboratory requirement or advanced CMB course requirement.
  5. Elective Course. Choose one course from the following:
    •  Any BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (except BIOLOGY 200, 201, 202, 215, 262, or EEB 300, 302, or MCDB 300, 302, 320, or 412). A third advanced CMB course is permitted to meet this requirement.
    •  One cognate course in Chemistry: CHEM 230 or 260, 241/242; CHEM 452 for students who elected the sequence CHEM 451-452; any Chemistry course that has CHEM 260 as a prerequisite.
    •  One cognate course in Mathematics or Statistics (as approved by the department advisor): MATH courses with a MATH 116 prerequisite, or STATS 401, 412, or 425 or BIOSTAT 503.

 

Honors Program in Cell and Molecular Biology

 


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