Concentration in Cell & Molecular Biology

The concentration in cell and molecular biology explores cells and molecules to give you an understanding of an organism's structure and function.

Preparing You for Success

You explore cell and molecular biology in depth by taking courses in cell biology, microbiology, immunology, neurophysiology or comparative physiology. Classes introduce you to research methods in your freshman year, then you can build on those skills through labs, independent studies and summer research.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • One-on-one mentorship from faculty with expertise in cell and molecular biology
  • Opportunities to publish your research and share it at professional conferences
  • A senior research capstone project
  • Opportunities for networking and professional development through Tri-Beta national honor society and the Biology Undergraduate Society

Making Your Mark

Cell and molecular biology concentrations are valuable for laboratory technicians or as first steps toward careers as chiropractors, pharmacists, physicians, dentists or veterinarians. Many majors pursue professional or graduate school. Recent graduates have continued their education at institutions such the University of Iowa, University of Alabama-Birmingham and Georgetown University. Other graduates are working for zuChem, Inc., DuPont Pioneer, Eli Lilly and Co., ParkLands Foundation and Endotronix.

Concentration Requirements

The cell and molecular biology concentration requires completion of the undergraduate biology major plus the following.

Required Courses - 10 hrs.

  • BIO 385: Supervised Research - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 485: Research - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 256: Organic Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 257: Organic Chemistry II Lab - 1 hr.

Elective Courses (choose two) - 6-8 hrs.

  • BIO 312: Developmental Biology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 314: Plant Development - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 361: Microanatomy - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 381: Comparative Animal Physiology - 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 406: General Microbiology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 408: Bacterial Pathogenesis - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 464: Cell Biology - 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 468: Immunology of Host Defense - 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 482: Endocrinology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 484: Neurophysiology - 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 502: Biometry - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 503: Molecular Genetics - 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 506: Advanced Microbiology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 508: Advanced Bacterial Pathogenesis - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 509: Human Genetics - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 525: Advanced Physiology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 564: Advanced Cell Biology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 568: Cellular and Molecular Immunology - 3 hrs.

Note: The courses used for the concentration cannot have been used to fulfill the requirements for the major.