2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Molecular Biology

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology degree builds lab experience and skills as well as knowledge related to the structure and function of biological molecules. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years. 


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 15
BIO 125  General Botany 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Course 3
   
Second Semester 17
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
MAT 273  Applied Calculus  OR  MAT 281  Calculus I 3
General Education Course 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 14
BIO 215  Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
PHY 121  General Physics I 4
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
BIO 218  Genetics  4
BIO 266  Cell Culture 4
CHE 331  Organic Chemistry 4
General Education Course 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
BIO 320  Molecular Biology 4
BIO 326  General Microbiology 4
Free Elective  4
General Education Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 14
BIO 300/400  Level Required Course* 4
BIO 480  Cell Biology 4
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
BIO 300/400  Level Required Course* 4
Free Elective 4
Related Elective 4
General Education Course 3
   
Eighth Semester 15
BIO 300/400  Level Required Course* 4
Free Elective 4
Related Elective 4
General Education Course 3
Total 120

* Pick three of the following:

  • BIO 322  Methods of DNA Analysis
  • BIO 426  Clinical Microbiology
  • BIO 427  Cell. Microbial Physiology
  • BIO 450  Biology of Cancer

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/molecular-biology/index.aspx