BS Four-Year Degree Plan

The cell and molecular biology degree 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 Sciences3
CHM 160 and 161 General Chemistry I4
GEP 101 OR UHC 101 Introduction to University Life2
ENG 110 Writing I3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BMS 231 Human Genetics with Laboratory4
CHM 170 General Chemistry II3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CSC 101 Computers for Learning2
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
MTH 135 College Algebra OR Humanities elective (MTH 138 will be counted for both MTH 135 and 138)3
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
CHM 342 Organic Chemistry I5
BMS 321 Biomolecular Interactions4
MTH 181 Trigonometry OR MTH 138 Pre-Calculus Mathematics3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
CHM 343 OR CHM 344 Organic Chemistry II5
BMS 307 Human Anatomy4
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
BMS 521 Molecular Cell Biology OR MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (see prerequisite) 4-5
PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I4
Humanities Elective3
Total hours10-11

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
PHY 124 Introduction to Physics II4
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 18773
BMS 525 Molecular Biology4
BMS course or General Education or General Elective3
Humanities Elective3
Total hours16

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Social Sciences Elective3
BMS course or General Education or General Elective3
Total hours6

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Humanities Elective3
Self-Understanding Elective3
BMS course or General Education or General Elective3
BMS course or General Education or General Elective3
BMS course or General Education or General Elective3
Total hours15