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Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology Track (B.S.)

B.S., Biology,
Cell and Molecular Biology Track

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

What You’ll Do

In the past two decades, a revolution in cell and molecular biology has taken place. As a Biology major pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Cell and Molecular Biology track, you’ll learn about the powerful new biochemical and physical techniques in use today as well as current practices in genetics.

Among the courses you’ll take are Principles of Biology, Botany, General Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Laboratory Methods in Biology and Biotechnology, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Probability and Statistics, and Molecular Biology Topics. You’ll also take a sequence of Biochemistry classes and choose from a list of other Biology courses.

IUP’s Biology department has the academic size and diversity to give you the opportunities found at larger research institutions while also providing you with the kind of more personal learning community found at smaller colleges. IUP’s Biology professors are highly committed to getting students involved in field experiences and hands-on projects.

What You’ll Become

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Cell and Molecular Biology track will prepare you for a career that involves the molecular and genetic bases of cellular processes, such as in biotechnology, nerve regeneration, and tissue engineering. Some alumni follow this degree with further study at the graduate level.

Cell and molecular biology, along with biotechnology, genetic engineering, and biomedical science, are fast-growing fields. According to an employment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 39 percent of all biological scientists worked for the government at various levels. Most of the federal government jobs, the report states, were in the National Institutes of Health and the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, and Defense.

The report notes that most of the biological scientists not employed by the government worked in research and testing laboratories, the pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing industries, or colleges and universities.

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