Molecular Biology Major

Department of Biology

Why Molecular Biology?


The molecular biology major is designed to provide the flexibility needed for students to become grounded in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. Elective courses will offer students the opportunity to further focus their degree.

Molecular Biology Requirements


The major requires 40 semester hours, of which at least 32 hours are upper-level. Twenty-eight of these hours are from a set core and 12 hours are selected from the additional courses listed. Students are encouraged to choose these 12 hours such that they best prepare the student for their future career goals. MATH 1306, MSCI 2311, and MSCI 3101 are required courses for all math and science majors. MATH 1306 and MSCI 2311 can each be used to fulfill three hours of general education requirements in math and computer literacy, respectively. Students are encouraged to complete a chemistry minor with this major.

Core Requirements (28 hours)
BIOL 1401 - General Biology I
BIOL 1402 - General Biology II
BIOL 3402 - Genetics
BIOL 3403 - Developmental Biology
BIOL 4408 - Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 4402 - Biochemistry I
CHEM 4403 - Biochemistry II
12 hours from the following:
BIOL 3401 - Invertebrate Biology
BIOL 3404 - Vertebrate Biology
BIOL 3405 - General Botany
BIOL 3407 - Ecology
BIOL 3408 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 3409 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 3410 - Microbiology
BIOL 4400 - Plant Taxonomy
BIOL 4404 - Parasitology
CHEM 3407 - Instrumental Analysis
Additional requirements:
CHEM 1401 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 1402 - General Chemistry II
CHEM 3403 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3404 - Organic Chemistry II
*MATH 1306 - Elementary Statistics
*MSCI 2311 - Scientific Computing
*MSCI 3101 - Faith and Science