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B.S. in Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology Track

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Powerful new biochemical and physical techniques have produced a revolution in cell and molecular biology over the last 20 years.

These techniques have been combined with information and techniques from genetics to analyze living systems at progressively higher levels of resolution. These analyses have in turn produced an increasingly detailed understanding of the molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms. Not only has this powerful integrated approach emerged as central to virtually all pursuits in the biological and biomedical sciences, it offers promise for directed modifications of living systems in applications such as biotechnology, nerve regeneration, and tissue engineering.

Cell and molecular biology, along with biotechnology, genetic engineering, and biomedical science, are among the fastest growing and most exciting fields today. National labor statistics project substantial growth in the biotechnology job market in general over the next five to ten years, and biotechnology job growth is expected to be especially strong in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Track at IUP offers an opportunity for you to begin a career that involves the study of the molecular and genetic bases of cellular processes.

Dr. N. Bharathan
Coordinator, Cell and Molecular Biology Track
213 Weyandt Hall
724-357-2352
Bharathan.Narayanaswamy@iup.edu

For a downloadable PDF version of the checklist of requirements, visit our Forms webpage.

B.S. in Biology: Cell and Mol. Biol. Track Sign-Off Sheet

(Revised May 2012)

A. Required Biology Courses (27 cr) PLANNED  TAKEN   GRADE

BIOL 111 Principles of Biology I (4 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 112 Principles of Biology II (4 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 123 Perspectives in Cell & Mol. Biol. (1 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 210 Botany (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 220 General Zoology (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 250 Principles of Microbiology (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 263 Genetics (3 cr) (W course) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 401 Lab Methods in Biology & Biotechnology (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL 410 Molecular Biology Topics (3 cr) ________ ________ ________

B. Controlled Biology Electives (11cr)

BIOL ___ ______________________________ (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL ___ ______________________________ (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL ___ ______________________________ (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOL ___ ______________________________ (2 cr) ________ ________ ________

C. Required Chemistry Courses (16 cr)

CHEM 111 General Chemisry I* (4 cr) ________ ________ ________
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II* (4 cr) ________ ________ ________
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I (4 cr) ________ ________ ________
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II (4 cr)
*Fulfills the Liberal Studies Natural Sciences requirement.

D. Required Biochemistry Courses (8 cr)

BIOC 301 Biochemistry I (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOC 302 Biochemistry II (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOC 311 Biochemistry Lab I (1 cr) ________ ________ ________
BIOC 312 Biochemistry Lab II (1 cr) ________ ________ ________

E. Required Mathematics Courses (7 cr)

MATH 121 Calculus I*(4 cr) ________ ________ ________
MATH 217 Probability and Statistics (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
*Fulfills the Liberal Studies Mathematics requirement.

F. Required Physics Courses (4 cr)

PHYS 111 Physics I* (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
PHYS 121 Physics I (Lab) (1 cr) ________ ________ ________
*May fulfill the Liberal Studies Elective requirement.

G. Science/Math Elective Courses (4 cr)

Selected from the following:
BIOC 480, 481; CHEM 321, 323, 331, 340; ________ ________ ________
MATH 122; PHYS 112, 122 ________ ________ ________

H. Foreign Language Requirement* (College of Nat. Sci. and Math) (0-6 cr)

____ ____ _________________ ( ) ________ ________ ________
____ ____ _________________ ( ) ________ ________ ________

*Two courses beyond placement or intermediate level. In lieu of a foreign language, students may elect to take a sequence of courses in Computer Science exclusive of COSC 101 (COSC 110 and 210 recommended).

I. Additional University Liberal Studies Requirements

I1. English Composition (6 cr) PLANNED TAKEN GRADE

ENGL 101 English Composition I (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
ENGL 202 English Composition II (3 cr) ________ ________ ________

I2. Humanities (9 cr)

HIST ___ History (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
____ ___ Phil/Rel. St. (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
ENGL 121 Humanities: Literature (3 cr) ________ ________ ________

I3. Fine Arts (3 cr)

____ ___ Fine Arts ________ _________ ________

I4. Dimensions of Wellness or ROTC (3 or 4 cr)

____ ___ ________________ Dimensions of Wellness or ________ ________ ________
MLSC 101 World Milit. Hist. & Lab (2 cr) and ________ ________ ________
MLSC 102 Amer. Milit. Hist. & Lab (2 cr) or ________ ________ ________
Military Service (4 cr)
Veterans are given four semester hours toward these requirements.
Verification of service must be established by form DD 214.

I5. Social Sciences* (9 cr)

____ ___ ___________________________ (3 cr) ________ ________ ________
____ ___ ___________________________(3 cr) ________ ________ ________
____ ___ ___________________________(3 cr) ________ ________ ________
*One of these courses may fulfill the Global and Multicultural Awareness Liberal Studies requirement.

I6. Liberal Studies Elective* (3 cr)

*May be fulfilled by PHYS 111 Physics I.

I7. Additional Requirements (9 cr)

____ ___ Global & Multicultural Awareness Course ________ ________ ________
(may be one of Soc Sci. courses above)
BIOL 263 Two writing intensive courses (one ________ ________ ________
____ ___ must be in your major) ________ ________ ________

J. Free Electives (7-14 cr)

(Student must have a total of 120 semester hours from all sources to graduate with a B.S. in Biology – Cell and Molecular Biology Track.)
____ ____ _________________ ( ) ________ ________ ________
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