The major in Cell and Molecular Biology provides students with the opportunity to intensively explore the functions of genes, proteins, and cells at the molecular level; and through lab experiences they will learn state of the art techniques such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), genetic cloning, protein isolation and identification, and more. This program of study will provide excellent preparation for those pursuing advanced degrees, professional healthcare programs, or employment in biotechnology. To enhance professional development and employment potential, students are encouraged to obtain specialized training by participating in basic and applied research in genetics, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, cancer biology, and more.
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Progression & Graduation Requirements
- Double or triple majors, or major-minor combinations, that combine Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and/or Ecology are not permitted.
- A grade of C or better is required in all Area F, Required Lower Division, Major Concentration, and Required Upper Division Courses
- Satisfactory Completion of the ETS Major Field Test
- If a student does not successfully complete a biology course after two attempts (i.e., he/she receives a D, F, W, or WF), the student will be limited to specific registration times for any subsequent attempts. Any student meeting these criteria will not be allowed to register for the course until the last day of late registration. Appeals may be made to the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in hardship cases.
- Major Concentration hours and Upper Division Elective hours must total at least 43 hours.