Cell and Molecular Biology


Cell and Molecular Biology (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

The comprehensive major in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), is a rigorous and selective program in the sciences that prepares academically-serious students for:

  1. graduate work in cell biology or molecular biology,
  2. graduate work in fields such as biotechnology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and microbiology where a strong undergraduate foundation in cell and molecular biology would be an asset,
  3. professional schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, or other health-related professions and,
  4. employment in cell biology and biotechnology-based industries.

Because of sequential prerequisites, limited course offerings, and tight course scheduling, students seeking formal admission to the degree program must begin to plan their program with a Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) advisor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences early during their freshman year.

Admission Requirements

Formal admission to the Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) major requires completion of at least 25 hours of course work, including BMS 110, BMS 111BMS 231, and CHM 160 and CHM 161, and a cumulative and science GPA of 2.50 or higher. A student must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all specific general education requirements (A below), all required BMS core courses (B1 below), and all requirements from other departments (B2 below). A grade of "C" or better must be obtained in a prerequisite course prior to taking a sequential course. In the terminal semester each CMB major is required to take a comprehensive assessment examination in Cell and Molecular biology.

Program Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education Requirements: BMS 110(3), 111(1); PHY 123(4) or 203(5); MTH 287(3) or 261(5)
  2. Major Requirements (54-57 hours)
    1. Biomedical Sciences courses required: BMS 231(4), 321(4), 494(1), 521(4), 525(4)
    2. Requirements from other departments: CHM 160(4), 161(1), 170(3), 171(1), 342(5); CHM 343(5) or 344(3); PHY 124(4) or 204(5)
    3. Other requirements: At least 16 hours of appropriate electives, selected in consultation with the student’s advisor, numbered 300 or higher. At least 10 of these elective hours must carry a BMS course code. Recommended Electives: BMS 308(4), 497(1-3), 498(1-3), 514(2), 516(4), 524(3), 529(3), 540(2), 558(3), 569(3), 582(4), 584(3), 585(4); BIO 310(5), 511(4); CHM 505(4), 552(3)
    4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of BMS 494(1) and any combination of the following courses equaling 3 total hours: BMS 300(1), 380(1-3), 400(2), 490(3), 498(1-3).
  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Accelerated Master's Program in Cell and Molecular Biology

Undergraduate majors in Cell and Molecular Biology may be accepted into the Cell and Molecular Biology program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option are met. Once accepted for early admission, up to 12 credit hours of approved 600 and 700-level coursework may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees (Mixed Credit). Other required 600-level courses in the master's program that are taken by the undergraduate student, but not included in the accelerated option, may be waived on the masters degree program by the student’s graduate advisor if the required courses were taken less than four years previously and the student earned at least a grade of B or better in those courses. Additional graduate coursework to replace waived courses may be needed to meet the 32 hours degree requirement. Accelerated option students must enroll in BMS 730 each semester. The accelerated option allows Cell and Molecular Biology majors who are interested in biomedical research to complete the requirements for the master's degree in two semesters and a summer rather than the typical four semesters and a summer. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.