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)

Total hours16
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences 3
BMS 111 Introductory Laboratory in the Biomedical Sciences 1
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
ENG 110 Writing I 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
LLT 102 Scientific and Medical Terminology 2

Second semester (spring)

Total hours14
BMS 231 Human Genetics with Laboratory 4
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Written Com. & Integrative and Applied Learning (prefer ENG 221, 310, or 321) 3

Third semester (fall)

Total hours15
BMS 321 Biomolecular Interactions 4
CHM 342 Organic Chemistry I 5
MTH 181 Trigonometry 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877

Fourth semester (spring)

Total hours13-17
CHM 343 Organic Chemistry II
or CHM 344 Organic Chemistry II
BMS 307 Human Anatomy 4
MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
or MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3

Fifth semester (fall)

Total hours15-16
BMS 521 Molecular Cell Biology 4
BMS 300 Service Learning in Biomedical Sciences 1
PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I
or PHY 203 Foundations of Physics I
Social and Behavioral Science (prefer PSY 121) 3
Public Issues Course 3

Sixth semester (spring)

Total hours15-16
BMS 525 Molecular Biology 4
BMS Elective (BMS 308-Physiology) 4
PHY 124 Introduction to Physics II
or PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II
Social and Behavioral Science (prefer SOC 150, ECO 165, or ECO 155) 3

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours14-18
BMS Elective 3-5
BMS 494 Senior Seminar in Cell and Molecular Biology 1
Humanitites Course 3
Cultural Competence 3
BMS Public Affairs Capstone (BMS 380, 400, 490, or 499) 1-3
General Elective (CHM 352 or CHM 452 for the CHM Minor) 3

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours16-18
BMS Advisor Approved Elective 3
BMS Advisor Approved Elective 4
BMS Elective (if needed to total 16 hours) 2
Arts 3
*General Elective 4
*General Elective (if needed to total 125 hours) 2

 *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.