BS Four-Year Degree Plan

The degree in cell and molecular biology may be completed in four years or eight semesters. The four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that may be considered upon admission to the University. Variation to the sample schedule provided below is based on your mathematics eligibility. Due to sequential prerequisites, limited course offerings, and tight course scheduling it is recommended that, if you are interested in seeking admission to this program, you meet with your advisor during your freshman year. The Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) program is comprehensive and does not require a minor.

Sample schedule

You should apply to the CMB program at the beginning of your third or fourth semester. Undergraduates who have completed 60 or more credit hours will require special permission to pre-register if they have not been admitted to the program. A list of course offerings is located on the course rotation page. Click on the following link and search for the Degree Program Application.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences
or BMS 111 Introductory Laboratory in the Biomedical Sciences
1-3
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
ENG 110 Writing I
or COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3
*GENERAL EDUCATION 3
Total hours 17

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BMS 231 Human Genetics with Laboratory 4
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
MTH 135 College Algebra 3
ENG 110 Writing I
or COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology
or SOC 150 Introduction to Society
3
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
BMS 321 Biomolecular Interactions 4
CHM 342 Organic Chemistry I 5
MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
or MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
3-5
ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
or ENG 310 Writing II: Writing for Graduate and Professional Schools
or ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing
3
Total hours15 - 17

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BMS 307 Human Anatomy 4
CHM 343 Organic Chemistry II 5
*GENERAL EDUCATION 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology
or SOC 150 Introduction to Society
3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I
or PHY 203 Foundations of Physics I
4-5
BMS 521 Molecular Cell Biology 4
*GENERAL EDUCATION 3
BMS Advisor Approved Elective 2 - 4
Total hours13 - 15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
PHY 124 Introduction to Physics II
or PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II
4-5
BMS 308 Human Physiology 4
*GENERAL EDUCATION 3
*GENERAL EDUCATION 3
Total hours14 - 15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
BMS 525 Molecular Biology 4
BMS 494 Senior Seminar in Cell and Molecular Biology 1
BMS Advisor Approved Elective 2 - 4
*GENERAL EDUCATION 3
General Elective 3
Total hours14 - 16

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BMS Advisor Approved Elective 2 - 4
BMS Advisor Approved Elective 2 - 4
General electives to a total of 125 hours 4 - 9
Total hours14 - 16

 *GENERAL EDUCATION courses should NOT be selected from the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Public Issues, or Natural World categories which are already built into this curriculum. Select GENERAL EDUCATION courses from Humanities (3), Arts (3), HST 121 or 122 (3), PLS 101 (3), and Cultural Competence (3).

BMS Advisor Approved Electives must total 16 hours for graduation.