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Molecular Biology

Requirements for the Major

Biology and Supporting Courses:

BIO 201 Cell Biology and Genetics
BIO 202 Organismal Biology and Ecology
BIO 206 Biostatistics and Experimental Design
BIO 302 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 303 Molecular Genetics and Heredity
BIO 601 Capstone I
BIO 602 Capstone II
CHE 117 Principles of Chemistry
CHE 261 Organic Chemistry I

Plus, one of the following:

PHY 141 Foundations of Physics I
PHY 151 Principles of Physics I

Plus, one of the following:

CHE 262 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 381 Biochemistry Principles

Plus, one of the following:

MTH 131 Applied Calculus
MTH 150 Calculus I
MTH 152 Calculus II

Plus, one of the following:

BIO 301 Microbiology
BIO 304 Developmental Biology
BIO 334 Physiology

Plus, two of the following:

BIO 401 Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology
BIO 403 Biology of Cancer
BIO 404 Nuclear Structure and Function
BIO 405 Bioinformatics Explorations

Plus, one of the following not already taken:

BIO 301 Microbiology
BIO 304 Developmental Biology
BIO 334 Physiology
BIO 401 Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology
BIO 403 Biology of Cancer
BIO 404 Nuclear Stucture and Function
CHE 382 Metabolic Chemistry
CHE 383 Biochemistry Methods

And at least four semester hours of research from the following:

BIO 590 Internship
BIO 620 Independent Study
BIO 660-690 Honors Research

Honors Scholars majoring in biology or molecular biology are expected to attend and participate in BIO 601 while they write their Honors proposal and participate in BIO 602 while they complete their research.

What would a typical schedule look like for a Biology major at Westminster College?

First Year (Fall)
First Year (Spring)
Cell Biology and Genetics (BIO 201) SD IP
Principles of Chemistry (CHE 117)
Inquiry (INQ 101)
Speech or Writing (SPE 111 or WRI 111)
Westminster 101 (WST 101)
Organismal Biology and Ecology (BIO 202)
Calculus I (MTH 150) QR IP
Speech or Writing (SPE 111 or WRI 111)
Elective _________(--- ----) FL IP

Sophomore Year (Fall)
Sophomore Year (Spring)
Biostatistics (BIO 206)
Cell and Molecular Biology (BIO 302)
Organic Chemistry I (CHE 261)
Elective __________ (--- ---) VP IP
Molecular Genetics and Heredity (BIO 303)
Organic Chemistry II (CHE 262)
Elective ________(--- ---) HC IP
Elective ________(--- ---) RP IP

Junior Year (Fall)
Junior Year (Spring)
300 level Major Elective (BIO ---)
Foundations of Physics I (PHY 141)
Biochemistry (CHE 381)
Elective ______ (--- ---) ST IP
Biology Capstone I (BIO 601)
400 level Major Elective (BIO ---)
Foundations of Physics II (PHY 142)
Elective ________ (--- ---)

Senior Year (Fall)
Senior Year (Spring)
Biology Capstone II (BIO 602)
400 level Major Elective (BIO ---)
Elective __________ (--- ---) Cluster
Elective __________ (--- ---) Cluster
Biology Elective (BIO ---)
300 or 400 level Major Elective (BIO ---)
Research or Internship (BIO ---)
Elective____________(--- ---)

The sequence and choice of required courses and electives can vary depending on the specific track chosen.

 

What can you do with a Molecular Biology degree?

Imagine yourself a medical doctor, researcher, pharmacuetical scientist, or epidemiologist.