Undergraduate Minor in MOLB-ILS

Undergraduate Minor in MOLB-ILS
The Molecular Biology & Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Program (MOLB-ILS) 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
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 MOLB-ILS Program. A grade of “C” or better is required of all minor courses.

Revised Date: 10/11