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
BIO 333Molecular Biology Techniques2
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; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Suggested Sequence for B.S. Biology Majors

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
BIO 110 General Biology 3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)
4
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction to Statistics I  
Brief Calculus  
Calculus for the Life Sciences  
Calculus I  
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Two
WRT 2XX 3
BIO 215
General Botany
or General Zoology
3
CHE 104
CRL 104
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)
4
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction to Statistics I  
Brief Calculus  
Calculus for the Life Sciences  
Calculus I  
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits16-17
Year Two
Semester Three
CHE 231
CRL 231
Organic Chemistry I
and Experimental Organic Chemistry I Lab
6
BIO 214 General Microbiology 4
Gen Ed Distributive 3
SPK 208
Public Speaking
or Business and Professional Speech Communication
3
 Credits16
Semester Four
BIO 230 Genetics 3
BIO 220 Cell Physiology 3
CHE 232 Organic Chemistry II 3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits12
Year Three
Semester Five
BIO 333 Molecular Biology Techniques 2
PHY 130 General Physics I 4
Diversity (J) Course 3
Directed Elective 3
Directed Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
CHE 476 Biochemistry I 3
PHY 140 General Physics II 4
Interdisciplinary (I) Course 3
Directed Elective 3
BIO/CHE Elective 3
 Credits16
Year Four
Semester Seven
BIO 431 Molecular Genetics 3
BIO/CHE Elective 3
BIO/CHE Elective 3
Directed Elective 3
Gen Ed Distributive 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
BIO 421 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO/CHE Elective 3
BIO/CHE Elective 3
Directed Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Biology Seminar  
Internship in Biological Sciences  
Special Problems in Biology  
 Credits16
 Total Credits122-124

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)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
HON 100 Self-Awareness and Development 3
HON 352 Honors Seminar 3
BIO 110 General Biology 3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)
4
MAT 145 Calculus for the Life Sciences 3
 Credits16
Semester Two
HON 211 Decision Making and Public Discourse 3
HON 212 Ethics and Moral Choice in Tech Age 3
BIO 217 General Zoology 3
CHE 104
CRL 104
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)
4
MAT 121 Introduction to Statistics I 3
 Credits16
Year Two
Semester Three
HON 311 Stewardship and Civic Engagement 3
HON 312 Educational Systems and Social Influence 3
CHE 231
CRL 231
Organic Chemistry I
and Experimental Organic Chemistry I Lab
6
BIO 220 Cell Physiology 3
PHY 130 General Physics I 4
 Credits19
Semester Four
HON 310 Theories and Strategies of Community Change 3
HON 314 Science, Technology and Environmental Systems 3
CHE 231
CRL 231
Organic Chemistry I
and Experimental Organic Chemistry I Lab
6
BIO 230 Genetics 3
PHY 140 General Physics II 4
 Credits19
Year Three
Semester Five
HON 313 American Government, Democracy and Public Opinion 3
HON 315 Community and the Arts 3
BIO 431 Molecular Genetics 3
BIO 333 Molecular Biology Techniques 2
BIO elective 6
 Credits17
Semester Six
CHE 476 Biochemistry I 3
BIO – Internship or seminar 6
HON 340 Pathways to Professional Leadership (advised) 1
Honors Course 400 Level 3
Elective - Bio or minor 3
 Credits16
Year Four
Semester Seven
HON 490 Senior Project 1 3-6
Elective – Bio or minor 3
Elective – Bio or minor 3
Elective – Bio or minor 3
Elective – Bio or minor 3
Elective – Bio or minor 3
 Credits18-21
Semester Eight
Elective – Bio or minor 3
Elective – Bio or minor 3
Elective – Bio or minor 3
Elective – Bio or minor 3
Elective – Bio or minor 3
Elective – Bio or minor 3
 Credits18
 Total Credits139-142
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Can be taken either fall of senior or spring of either fall or spring