Biology Comprehensive Major: Pre-Medicine/Cell and Molecular Biology Emphasis

Program Requirements

The Pre-Medicine/Cell and Molecular Biology Emphasis requires a minimum of 67 credits, including the 26-credit Biology Nucleus, 19 additional credits in Biology and/or Chemistry, and 22 credits of supporting courses:

All Biology majors require the 26-credit Biology Nucleus.

Biology Nucleus
BIOL 150Biological Principles (with laboratory)4
BIOL 151Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)4
BIOL 301General Ecology3
BIOL 310Cell Biology3
BIOL 312Genetics (with recitation)4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I3
CHEM 112General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Laboratory II1
Total Credits26
Required Biology and Chemistry courses
BIOL 313Cell and Genetics Laboratory2
Fifteen credits of the following:15
Genome Analysis (with laboratory)
Microbiology (with laboratory)
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory)
Molecular Biology (with laboratory)
Developmental Biology (with laboratory)
Comparative Animal Physiology (with laboratory)
Biochemistry II
Biochemistry Laboratory
Select at least two credits of Capstone Expericence Courses:2
Senior Seminar (may be repeated)
Senior Thesis
Total Credits19
Minimum Supporting Courses
CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 332Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 334Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 335Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 471Biochemistry I3
One of the following:3-4
Calculus I (GT-MA1)
Probability and Statistics
Select one of the following:8
PHYS 170
PHYS 171
Principles of Physics I (with laboratory)
and Principles of Physics II (with laboratory)
PHYS 200
PHYS 201
General Physics I (with laboratory)
and General Physics II (with laboratory)
Total Credits22-23

Capstone Course Requirement

The following courses in the Biology Major fulfill the capstone course requirement: BIOL 495 SENIOR SEMINARBIOL 496 Senior Thesis or EDUC 409 SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued. 

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements