Cellular/Molecular Biology Concentration, Bachelor of Science - CELL

Major Requirements  (60 hours)

Thirty-seven (37) hours must be in biology.

Required
BIO 155
155L
Foundations of Molecular Biology
and Foundations of Molecular Biology Laboratory
2
BIO 156
156L
Foundations of Ecology and Evolution
and Foundations of Ecology and Evolution Laboratory (l)
2
BIO 157
157L
Foundations of Cellular Biology
and Foundations of Cellular Biology Laboratory
2
BIO 158
158L
Foundations of Form and Function
and Foundations of Cellular Biology Laboratory
2
BIO 221
221L
Introduction to Genetics
and Introduction to Genetics Laboratory
4
BIO 230
230L
Molecular Cell Biology
and Molecular Cell Biology Laboratory
4
BIO 317
317L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIO 328
328L
General Physiology
and General Physiology Laboratory
4
BIO 330Seminar in Molecular/Cellular Biology1
BIO 385Introduction to Research2
BIO 485Research in Biology2
Choose one of the following:4
Biotechnology
and Biotechnology Laboratory
Cellular Physiology
and Cellular Physiology Laboratory
Electives
Select from the following electives to total 37 hours in Biology: 13-4
Science Writing and Communication
Marine Biology
and Marine Biology Lab
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Laboratory
Foundations of Neuroscience
and Foundations of Neuroscience Laboratory
Cats’ Paws and Catapults: Animal Biomechanics
Issues in Environmental Biology
Environments of Ecuador
Vertebrate Natural History
and Vertebrate Natural History Laboratory
Evolution
Statistical Methods for Biologists
Conservation Biology
and Conservation Biology Laboratory
Immunology
Comparative Vertebrate and Human Anatomy
and Comparative Vertebrate and Human Anatomy Lab
Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
Biotechnology
and Biotechnology Laboratory
Ornithology
and Ornithology Lab
Plant-Animal Interactions
and Plant-Animal Interactions Laboratory
Medical Terminology
Pathophysiology
Emerging Infectious Diseases and Their Impact on Global Health
Cellular Physiology
and Cellular Physiology Laboratory
Cancer Biology
Independent Study 1
Internship 1
Required Supporting Courses
CHEM 121
121L
CHEM 122
CHEM 122L
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
and Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
8
CHEM 221Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 221LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory1
Select one of the following sequences for 2-3 semesters:7-8
For students who could use College calculus prep to excel in later courses.
Precalculus
For calculus ready students, select one of the following sequences for two semesters. Based on Math Placement Test, Calculus prep, and grad degree plans.
Calculus I
and Calculus II for STEM majors
Theory and Application of Calculus
and Introduction to Statistics
Survey of Calculus
and Introduction to Statistics
Note: Students should take option 1 or 2 if they like Math or are interested in Pharmacy, Optometry, DMD, DDS, MD/DO, DVM, some MS or PhD programs, or pursuing a Major to Chemistry (including Biochemistry), Physics, or Math. Option 3 is acceptable for MD/DO, PA, PT, OT, DVM, and some Biology MS or PhD programs and most Neurobiology graduate programs.
One of the following to fulfill upper level Research Writing Course:3
Marine Biology
Molecular Cell Biology
Animal Behavior
Conservation Biology
Ecology
Plant-Animal Interactions
Additional math and/or science courses to bring the total to 60 hours if needed
Total Credits58-60
1

Up to three hours of non-traditional (nt) credits and a maximum of two non-lab courses of three hours each may be counted toward the required elective hours in biology.

Advanced Writing Proficiency

This proficiency is demonstrated by the approval of 4 scientific pieces of writing based on a directed research project. It also includes successful completion of BIO 385 Introduction to Research and BIO 485 Research in Biology.

Senior Comprehensive

The Senior Comprehensive requirement in Biology is fulfilled by successful completion of BIO 385 Introduction to Research and BIO 485 Research in Biology. It also involves completion of a committee-approved paper and an oral presentation to the department.

 Student Learning Outcomes

  • The Saint Mary’s biology major will demonstrate an understanding of basic biological principles. These include but are not limited to concepts related to the diversity of living organisms, the ecological and evolutionary implications of variations in form and function, eukaryotic cell structure, and functional aspects of the eukaryotic cell.
  • The Saint Mary’s biology major will be able to explain the genetic basis for variation among living organisms, the relationship between genotypic and phenotypic expression, and the patterns of inheritance as a result of genetic crosses.
  • The Saint Mary’s biology major will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of cellular and molecular function.
  • The Saint Mary’s biology major will be able to explain how cellular and molecular mechanisms influence the whole organism.
  • The Saint Mary’s biology major will complete all learning objectives associated with the Senior Comprehensive.