Major in Biomolecular Sciences, BS (Non-teaching, 35 credits)

Core (11 credits):

BMS 102* Introduction to Biomolecular Science 3
BMS 103* Introduction to Biomolecular Science Laboratory 1
BMS 190 Introduction to Research I 0.5
BMS 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BMS 290 Introduction to Research II 0.5
BMS 390 Independent Research in Biomolecular Science 1
BMS 491 Advanced Independent Research in Biomolecular Science 1-3

and either the General Program or the Biotechnology Specialization, which follow.

 *BIO 121 may be substituted for BMS 102/103.

General Program

This program offers a curricular focus on molecular and cellular mechanisms that is integrated with organismal physiology and emphasizes hands-on learning through laboratory instruction and independent student research. This degree is appropriate for students wishing to prepare for professional training in medicine or for graduate study in such areas as genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, or cell physiology.

This program requires completion of the core, plus three laboratory courses.

General Program Requirements

BMS 306 Genetics 3
   or
BMS 307 Genomics 4
BMS 311 Cell Biology 4
BMS 316 Microbiology 4

 

Directed Electives (additional credits to total 35 credits in the major, chosen from the following):

BMS 306 Genetics 3
BMS 307 Genomics 4
BMS 308 Genetics Laboratory 1
BMS 318 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BMS 319 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BMS 320 Histology 2
BMS 321 Experimental Developmental Biology 2
BMS 322 Comparative Animal Physiology 4
BMS 340 Biomolecular Techniques 2
BMS 380 Emergency Medical Technician (3 credits only of this 6-credit course) 3
BMS 391 Internship in Biomolecular Science 1-3
BMS 412 Human Physiology 3
BMS 413 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
BMS 414 Pharmacology, Physiology, and Drug Development 3
BMS 415 Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular, and Physiological Biology 3
BMS 416 Experimental Microbiology 2
BMS 490 Topics in Biomolecular Sciences 3-4
BMS 492 Mentorship in Biomolecular Science  1
BMS 495 Capstone in Molecular Biology 4
BMS 496 Capstone in Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Metabolic Regulation 3
BMS 497 Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Metabolic Regulation Laboratory 1
BMS 499 Undergraduate Thesis in Biomolecular Sciences 1
CHEM 320 Biophysical Chemistry 3
CHEM 354 Biochemistry 3
CHEM 455 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 456 Toxicology 3
CHEM 458 Advanced Biochemistry 3
BIO 530 Immunology 3
BIO 449 Plant Physiology 3
BIO 450 Investigations in Plant Physiology 1

 

Biotechnology Specialization

This program offers a strong focus on the principles of cell and molecular biology and emphasizes the practice of biomolecular research. It is designed to prepare students for advanced study in the biomolecular sciences or careers that use the concepts and techniques of molecular and cellular biology.

This program requires completion of the core, plus four laboratory courses, including:

Biotechnology Specialization Requirements

BMS 306 Genetics 4
or
BMS 307 Genomics 4
BMS 311 Cell Biology 4
BMS 316 Microbiology 4
BMS 495 Capstone in Molecular Biology 4

Directed Electives  

BMS 306 Genetics 4
BMS 307 Genomics 4
BMS 320 Histology 2
BMS 321 Experimental Developmental Biology 2
BMS 340 Biomolecular Techniques 2
BMS 391 Internship in Biomolecular Science 1-3
BMS 415 Advanced Exploration in Cell, Molecular, and Physiological Biology 3
BMS 416 Experimental Microbiology 2
BMS 490 Topics in Biomolecular Sciences 3-4
BMS 496 Capstone in Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics, and Metabolic Regulation 3
BMS 497 Biosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Metabolic Regulation Laboratory 1
BMS 499 Undergraduate Thesis in Biomolecular Sciences 1
CHEM 354 Biochemistry 3
CHEM 455 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 456 Toxicology 3
CHEM 458 Advanced Biochemistry 3
BIO 449 Plant Physiology 3
BIO 450 Investigations in Plant Physiology 1

Related Requirements (16-28 credits)

In addition to the 35 credits in the major, made up of the core and one of the advanced components described above, the student must take:

MATH 119 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry 4
MATH 125 Applied Calculus 3
   or
MATH 152 Calculus I 4
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4

Students must also maintain a student portfolio. While no minor is required for the BS in biomolecular sciences, a minor in science may be elected with a C- or better in related requirement courses CHEM 161, 162, 163, 164, PHYS 121, and 122. Some related requirement courses may also be counted to fulfill appropriate portions of the student's general education program.

Cross-listed Courses

BMS 318, 319, 412, and 413 are also listed in the course description section of the catalog with a BIO designator. These double- or cross-listed courses (i.e., BMS 318 and BIO 318) are considered fully equivalent.

500-Level Course Options

Undergraduate students who use the form, Enrollment in 500 Level Courses by Undergraduates, and who have at least 90 credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher may (with the approval of the appropriate department chair and dean, School of Graduate Studies, and with appropriate prerequisites) choose any of the following 500-level courses in the directed elective portion of the advanced component of their major program:

BMS 500 Seminar in Biomolecular Science 1
BMS 516 Medical Microbiology 3
BMS 519 Physiology of Human Aging 3
BMS 540 Advanced Topics in Biomolecular Science 3-4
BMS 562 Developmental Biology 3
BMS 570 Advanced Genetics 3
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