May 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Biological Sciences Major, BS - Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology Concentration

The biological sciences major offers concentrations in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology; ecology and evolutionary biology; and microbiology.

Continuing, returning, and transfer students must meet progression requirements before declaring a major in biological sciences.

To declare biological sciences as a major, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0, be in good academic standing and have completed CHEM 122 *-CHEM 123 * and CHEM 132 *-CHEM 133 * and BIOL 150 * or BIOL 158 * with a minimum grade of C. Although the completion of either BIOL 113 *-BIOL 114 *-BIOL 115 * or BIOL 150 *-BIOL 160 *-BIOL 159 * are permissible as prerequisites to the major, the faculty encourage students to take BIOL 150 *-BIOL 160 *-BIOL 159 *, particularly if they anticipate a career in a health profession.

College Requirements

Arts and Sciences  


A minimum grade of C must be earned in all prerequisites.


Select one course:


BCMB Concentration

The concentration consists of 32 hours.

II. Select one course:

III. Select (13 total hours):

A. Select at least 2 credit hours from laboratory courses:

C. Select remaining hours:


At least 7 out of the 13 credit hours must be BCMB courses.

Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology Concentration - Honors Option

  • An honors option is offered to students who have completed BIOL 150 * (or BIOL 158 *), BIOL 159 * (or BIOL 167 *), BIOL 160 * (or BIOL 168 *), and BIOL 240  with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above and an overall GPA of at least 3.25 at the time of electing to take the honors option.
  • Complete 12 hours of upper-division (300-level or above) honors BCMB courses with a grade of B or better in each course. These honors courses should include BCMB 457  and BCMB courses (except for BCMB 452 *) taken as honors-by-contract courses (BCMB 457  is automatically an honors course and cannot be taken as honors-by-contract.)
  • Participate in independent research (BCMB 452 *) with a minimum of 3 credit hours of BCMB 452 * and 1 credit hour of BCMB 457  spread out over at least two semesters.
  • Note: No more than 4 total credit hours combined from BCMB 452 * and BCMB 457  may be applied toward the BCMB concentration.
  • An overall GPA of 3.25 is required at graduation.


* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements .