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College of Science

Biological Sciences

Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology

Understanding how eukaryotic cells process information from their environment and initiate programs of gene expression leading to growth, development and functional specification is the essence of a Cell, Molecular and Developmental (CMD) major. Students enrolled in this curriculum will take courses providing a solid foundation in the molecular biology of cells and gain a full appreciation of how molecular complexes interact to make a cell function. This fundamental knowledge in cell and molecular biology will be applied through further coursework in genetics and developmental biology to examine how eukaryotic organisms function and how specific aspects of that function are perturbed by disease. Within the CMD major, students have the option of focusing their studies on animal systems, plant systems or both.

Graduates with a CMD major are well-prepared to pursue careers in academic or industrial research, biotechnology, genetic engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, and other health-related professions.

Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Major Requirements — 22-23 credits

Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Courses 16-17 credits
Cell, Molecular and Developmental majors must choose BIOL 36600 (Principles of Development) (3 cr.) to satisfy the intermediate-level requirement. Two courses from the following:
BIOL 41500 (Introduction to Molecular Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 42000 (Eukaryotic Cell Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 48100 (Eukaryotic Genetics) (3 cr.)
6 cr.
BIOL 44201 (Introductory to Protein Expression)
Two other BIOL 442XX or BIOL 54200 lab courses. See the complete list of course titles.
4-5 cr.
BCHM 56100 (General Biochemistry I) (3 cr.) or CHM 53300 (Introductory Biochemistry) (3 cr.) 3 cr.
Select one of the following: BIOL 51600 (Molecular Biology of Cancer) (3 cr.); BIOL 55000 (Plant Molecular Biology) (3 cr); BIOL 57300 (Molecular Biology of Animal Cells) (3 cr); BIOL 59500 (Developmental Biology); BIOL 59500 (Cellular Biology of Plants) (3 cr.) 3 cr.
Electives 6 credits
Select six credits from:
1. Any advanced biology elective (40000- or 50000-level) with the exception of BIOL 49700 (Biology Honors Seminar), BIOL 49800 (Biology Teaching), or one-credit electives in biology. BIOL 49500 or 59500 (Special Assignments in Biology) requires the approval of the Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Area Committee.
2. BCHM 56200 (General Biochemistry II) (3 cr.)