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Genetics and Cell Biology – Molecular Biology Option

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Genetics and Cell Biology – Molecular Biology Option (120 Credits)

A student may be admitted to a School of Molecular Biosciences Genetics and Cell Biology major upon making their intention known to the department. To remain in good standing, a student must meet the following two requirements:
  • Complete BIOLOGY 106, BIOLOGY 107, CHEM 105 and CHEM 106, MBIOS 301, MBIOS 303, MBIOS 305, or transfer equivalents, with a minimum grade of C.
  • After 30 credits, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

A Genetics and Cell Biology major who falls below the minimum requirements will be released from the program according to Academic Regulation 53.

A grade of C or better is required in all MBIOS courses taken to meet graduation requirements. None of these courses may be taken pass/fail. Completed core requirements may not be used to satisfy lecture or lab electives.
First Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY 106 [BSCI] or 107 [BSCI]4
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
MATH 106 (accelerated) or Elective13
MATH 108 (accelerated) or Elective12
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 106 or 1074
CHEM 1064
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 140 [QUAN] or 171 [QUAN]4
Second Year
First TermCredits
CHEM 34524
Humanities [HUM]3
MBIOS 3014
PHYSICS 101 or 2013
PHYSICS 111 or 2111
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
MBIOS 3034
PHYSICS 102 or 2023
PHYSICS 112 or 2121
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
MBIOS 201 [COMM]3
MBIOS 3043
MBIOS 3053
STAT 212 or 4123 or 4
Electives3
Second TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
Lecture Elective33
MBIOS 4013
Electives4
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
MBIOS 4043
MBIOS 4233
MBIOS 4783
Electives6
Second TermCredits
MBIOS 402 [M]3
MBIOS 442 or BIOLOGY 4763
MBIOS 494 [M] [CAPS]3
Electives8
Exit Survey

Footnotes
1If required - consult advisor.
2CHEM 345 and 348 recommended for professional or graduate degrees.
3Lecture elective: select one from BIOLOGY 420, 475, 476; MBIOS 410, 413, 426, 440, 442, 450, 503.

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