Undergraduate Minor in MOLB

Undergraduate Minor in Molecular Biology

The Molecular Biology Program offers opportunities for students to gain theoretical training and hands-on experience in the methods of molecular biology, cellular biology, and/or bioinformatics. A formal undergraduate minor in Molecular Biology is offered and is described below; a grade of C or better is required to certify the courses. A minor in Bioinformatics is currently under development; for planning purposes, please refer to the program office for the most recent drafts of the Bioinformatics minor requirements.

This program consists of a minimum of 18 hours, distributed through five or six areas.

1) Organic Chemistry – Four or five hours from:

CHEM 314 & 315 (lab)
Organic Chemistry II
3 + 2 credits
CHEM 211
Organic Chemistry
4 credits

2) Introductory Genetics – Three hours:

BIOL / AGRO / ANSC / HORT 305
Principles of Genetics 
3 credits

3) Introductory Biochemistry – Three hours from:

BCHE 341
Survey of Biochemistry
3 credits (without lab)
BCHE 395
Biochemistry
3 credits

4) Cell Biology – Three hours from:

BIOL 377
Cell Biology
3 credits
BIOL 490
Neurobiology
3 credits

5) Advanced Genetics – Three hours from:

BCHE 396
Biochemistry & Biotechnology
3 credits
AGRO/HORT/MOLB 486
Intermediate Genetics
3 credits
BIOL 478
Molecular Genetics of Microorganisms
3 credits

6) Additional Advanced Courses – Additional credit hours from the following, or additional courses from any of the above five areas, as needed to meet a minimum of 18 credit hours:

AGRO/BIOL 305L
Genetics Techniques
1 credits
BIOL 467
Evolution
3 credits
BIOL/AGRO/HORT/EPWS 464
Plant Molecular Physiology
3 credits
BIOL 451
Physiology of Microorganisms
3 credits
BIOL 477
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
3 credits
BCHE 446
Intermediary Metabolism & Metabolic Reg
3 credits
TOX 461
Toxicology I
3 credits
BCHE/MOLB 494
Techniques in Genetic Engineering
4 credits
BIOL 321
Microbiological Methods
2 credits
BIOL 475
Virology
3 credits
BIOL 474
Immunology
3 credits

Successful completion of the minor will be certified by the Molecular Biology Program. A grade of “C” or better is required of all minor courses.

Revised Date: 10/11