B.S. in Biology - Cell and Molecular Concentration

College of the Sciences and Mathematics
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Science requirements are met by CHE 103 and PHY 130
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements 9
Major Core Requirements
BIO 110General Biology 13
BIO 220Cell Physiology 13
BIO 230Genetics 13
Select one of the following: 11-16
Internship in Biological Sciences
Biology Seminar
Special Problems in Biology
CHE 103General Chemistry I3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 104Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)1
CHE 231Organic Chemistry I4
CRL 231Experimental Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHE 232Organic Chemistry II3
PHY 130General Physics I4
PHY 140General Physics II4
MAT 121Introduction to Statistics I3
Select one semester of calculus3-4
Other Major Requirements
BIO 214General Microbiology 14
BIO 215General Botany 13
or BIO 217 General Zoology
BIO 421Cellular and Molecular Biology 14
BIO 431Molecular Genetics3
BIL 333Recombinant DNA Methodology2
CHE 476Biochemistry I3
Biology or Chemistry Electives
Select 14 semester hours from courses at or above the 300 level14
Total Minimum Credits Required120
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Courses must be passed with a grade of C- (70%) or better.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; courses offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Suggested Sequence for B.S. Biology Majors

Year One
Semester OneCredits
WRT 120Effective Writing I3
BIO 110General Biology3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I4
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Statistics I 
Brief Calculus 
Calculus for the Life Sciences 
Calculus I 
Gen Ed Distributive3
 Credits16-17
Semester Two
WRT 2XX3
BIO 215 or 217General Botany3
CHE 104
CRL 104
General Chemistry II4
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Statistics I 
Brief Calculus 
Calculus for the Life Sciences 
Calculus I 
Gen Ed Distributive3
 Credits16-17
Year Two
Semester Three
CHE 231
CRL 231
Organic Chemistry I6
BIO 214General Microbiology4
Gen Ed Distributive3
SPK 208 or 230Public Speaking3
 Credits16
Semester Four
BIO 230Genetics3
BIO 220Cell Physiology3
CHE 232Organic Chemistry II3
Gen Ed Distributive3
 Credits12
Year Three
Semester Five
BIL 333Recombinant DNA Methodology2
PHY 130General Physics I4
Diversity (J) Course3
Directed Elective3
Directed Elective3
 Credits15
Semester Six
CHE 476Biochemistry I3
PHY 140General Physics II4
Interdisciplinary (I) Course3
Directed Elective3
BIO/CHE Elective3
 Credits16
Year Four
Semester Seven
BIO 431Molecular Genetics3
BIO/CHE Elective3
BIO/CHE Elective3
Directed Elective3
Gen Ed Distributive3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
BIO 421Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIO/CHE Elective3
BIO/CHE Elective3
Directed Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Biology Seminar 
Internship in Biological Sciences 
Special Problems in Biology 
 Credits16

All required 200 level Biology courses should be completed by the end of Semester #5.

Students should take MAT 121 in the first year.

CRL 232 is strongly recommended for any student considering Professional or Graduate training following completion of their degree. 

Suggested Sequence For Honors Students

(NOTE:  dependent on AP placements and class availability)

Year One
Semester OneCredits
HON 100Self-Awareness and Development3
HON 352Honors Seminar3
BIO 110General Biology3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I4
MAT 145Calculus for the Life Sciences3
 Credits16
Semester Two
HON 211Decision Making and Public Discourse3
HON 212Ethics and Moral Choice in Tech Age3
BIO 217General Zoology3
CHE 104
CRL 104
General Chemistry II4
MAT 121Introduction to Statistics I3
 Credits16
Year Two
Semester Three
HON 311Stewardship and Civic Engagement3
HON 312Educational Systems and Social Influence3
CHE 231
CRL 231
Organic Chemistry I6
BIO 220Cell Physiology3
PHY 130General Physics I4
 Credits19
Semester Four
HON 310Theories and Strategies of Community Change3
HON 314Science, Technology and Environmental Systems3
CHE 231
CRL 231
Organic Chemistry I6
BIO 230Genetics3
PHY 140General Physics II4
 Credits19
Year Three
Semester Five
HON 313American Government, Democracy and Public Opinion3
HON 315Community and the Arts3
BIO 431Molecular Genetics3
BIL 333Recombinant DNA Methodology2
BIO elective 6
 Credits17
Semester Six
CHE 476Biochemistry I3
BIO – Internship or seminar 6
HON 340 (advised)Pathways to Professional Leadership1
Honors Course 400 Level3
Elective - Bio or minor 3
 Credits16
Year Four
Semester Seven
HON 4901Senior Project3-6
Elective – Bio or minor3
Elective – Bio or minor3
Elective – Bio or minor3
Elective – Bio or minor3
Elective – Bio or minor3
 Credits18-21
Semester Eight
Elective – Bio or minor3
Elective – Bio or minor3
Elective – Bio or minor3
Elective – Bio or minor3
Elective – Bio or minor3
Elective – Bio or minor3
 Credits18
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Can be taken either fall of senior or spring of either fall or spring