Molecular and Cell Biology

The concentration in Molecular and Cell Biology explores how the techniques of molecular biology and genetics are used to understand cell function. As with the previous Molecular Biology Concentration, this concentration allows Biology majors to focus on a molecular approach to biological problems by combining lecture and seminar coursework with training in laboratory research. The list of course electives is organized into two categories: Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics and Genomics. Advanced Experimental Research is required for the concentration.

Requirements for the Molecular and Cell Biology Concentration

Introductory Biology (1.5 - 3 cu):

  • Track 1: BIOL 121 and 123 (1.5 cu)
  • Track 2: BIOL 101 and 102 (3.0 cu)

Chemistry (4 cu):

 Choose any 4 of the following courses:

  • CHEM 101 or 115 with 53 (1.5 cu)
  • CHEM 102 or 116 with 54 (1.5 cu)
  • CHEM 241 (1 cu)
  • CHEM 242 or 243 (1 cu)
  • CHEM 245 (1 cu)

Calculus and Statistics (2 cu):

 Choose any 2 of the following courses:

  • MATH 104 (1 cu)
  • MATH 114 or 115 (1 cu)
  • BIOL 446 or STAT 111 (1 cu)
Intermediate Biology (3 cu):
  • BIOL 204 or CHEM 251 Biochemistry (1 cu)
  • BIOL 205 Cell Biology (1 cu)
  • BIOL 221 Molecular Biology and Genetics (1 cu)
Advanced Biology Electives (4 - 5 cu):
Track 1 students must take 5 electives, Track 2 students take 4 electives
Group 1: Molecular and Cell Biology (2 or 3 cu):
  • BIOL 375 Microbial Diversity and Pathogenesis (1 cu; spring only)
  • BIOL 404 Immunobiology (1 cu; fall and spring)
  • BIOL 406 Molecular Mechanisms of Infectious Disease (1 cu; spring only)
  • BIOL 407 Cancer Biology (1 cu; fall only in 2016)
  • BIOL 480 Advanced Cell Biology (1 cu; spring only)
  • BIOL 482 Cell Signaling (1 cu; fall only)
  • BIOL 484 Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton (1 cu; fall only)
  • BIOL 486 Chromosome and Cell Cycle (1 cu; spring even years)
Group 2: Genetics and Genomics (2 or 3 cu):
  • BIOL 421 Molecular Genetics (1 cu; fall only)
  • BIOL 422 Genomics of Human Disease and Evolution (1 cu; spring odd years)
  • BIOL 431 Genome Sciences and Genomic Medicine (1 cu; spring)
  • BIOL 437 Introduction to Computational Biology and Biological Modeling (1 cu; fall)
  • BIOL 483 Epigenetics (1 cu; fall)
  • BIOL 540 Genetic Systems (1 cu; spring)
  • BIOM 555 Regulation of the Genome (1 cu; spring)
Advanced Experimental Research (2 cu):
  • BIOL 376 Microbial Diversity and Pathogenesis Laboratory (1 cu; spring)
  • BIOL 425 Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Superlab (1 cu; fall and spring)
  • BIOL 399 Independent Study (1 cu; fall or spring)
  • BIOL 499 Advanced Independent Study (1 cu; fall or spring)
Students may substitute one course (1CU) from the following list for either Group 1 or Group 2 above:
  • BIOL 354 Developmental Biology (1 cu; fall)
  • BIOL 401 Prokaryotic Microbiology:A Pragmatic View (1cu: fall)
  • BIOL 433 Genetics of Adaptation: How Sex, Conflict, and Pathogens Shape Modern Genomes (1cu; spring) 
  • BIOL 436 Molecular Physiology (1 cu; fall)
  • BIOL 448 Principles of Drug Action (1 cu; fall)
  • BIOL 485 The RNA World: A Functional and Computational Analysis (1 cu; spring even years)
  • BIOL 488 Advanced Topics in Behavioral Genetics (1 cu; spring even years)
  • BIOL 493 Epigenetics of Human Disease (1 cu; spring)
  • BIOL 522 Human Evolutionary Genomics (1 cu; spring even years)
How to apply for the concentration:
After submitting an information form for the major and a worksheet for the concentration to the Academic Office, a student intending to take the concentration in Molecular and Cell Biology must meet with their assigned advisor to approve his/her choice of courses.
The primary advisors for the concentration are Dr. Mecky Pohlschröder and Dr. Fevzi Daldal. Other advisors in the concentration are Dr. Kim Gallagher, Dr. Mark Goulian, Dr. Brian Gregory, Dr. Wei Guo, Dr. Junhyong Kim, Dr. Michael Lampson, Dr. Scott Poethig, Dr. David Roos, Dr. Tatyana Svitkina, and Dr. Doris Wagner.