Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


Department of Biological Sciences

Biology Major

Cell and Molecular Biology

Completion of this concentration provides background for advanced studies in cell biology,
molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology and diverse fields that involve molecular tools in research. In addition, students may select this concentration as preparation for professional degree programs in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine or for a career in biology education, biomedical research or fields that integrate biology with other disciplines such as business or law.

Students completing this concentration are encouraged to take at least two upper-level labs among the elective courses within this concentration. Students are encouraged to participate in a research experience or as an internship (e.g., BIOL 491 Independent Research in Biology, BIOL 493 Internship in Biology, BIOL 498 Honors Research or BIOL 499 Senior Thesis in Biology). They should consult with their adviser regarding these opportunities.

 

FOUNDATION COURSES
Course
Units
BIOL 201 Biology I: Cellular Biology and Genetics
4
BIOL 202 Biology II: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
4
BIOL 204 Educational and Career Planning for the Biologist
1
BIOL 309 Principles of Genetics
3
Total units
13

BREADTH COURSES
Course
Units
BIOL 208
or
BIOL 205
and
BIOL 207
Biodiversity

General Botany

General Zoology
3

4

4
Take two of the following:  
BIOL 405
BIOL 408
BIOL 409
Molecular Ecology
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
4
4
4
BIOL 221 & 221L
and
BIOL 222 & 222L
or
BIOL 325
or
BIOL 436
Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Animal Physiology

Plant Physiology
4

4

4

4
Total units
14-24

ELECTIVE COURSES
Courses
Units
BIOL 410
or
CHEM 356
Molecular Biology Laboratory

Biochemistry Laboratory
2

2
Choose two of the following:
BIOL 315
Medical Microbiology
4
BIOL 318 Microbiology
4
BIOL 360 Histology
4
BIOL 420 Microbiology of Infectious Disease
3
BIOL 421 Immunology
4
BIOL 428 Virology
3
BIOL 463 Developmental Biology
3
CHEM 351 Biochemistry I
3
MBBB 301 Introduction to Bioinformatics
4
MBBB 315 Genomics
3
Total units
8-10

FREE ELECTIVE
Course
Units
Select one biology elective from lists of electives in any Biology concentration
or
BIOL 491
or
BIOL 222 & BIOL 222L*
or
BIOL 498
and
BIOL 499




Elective independent research

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Honors Research in Biology

Honors Thesis in Biology
3-4



3

4

2

2
Total units
3-4
* If Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 221 & 221L) was selected for the physiology breadth, that may satisfy the Free Elective requirement after successfully completing BIOL 222 & 222L.

ANCILLARY COURSES
Courses
Units
CHEM 131 & 131L
and
CHEM 132 & 132L
General Chemistry I Lecture

General Chemistry II Lecture
4

4
CHEM 330
or
CHEM 331
and
CHEM 332
Essentials of Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry II
5

5

5

 

PHYS 211
and
PHYS 212
or
PHYS 241
and
PHYS 242

General Physics I

General Physics II

General Physics I Calculus-based

General Physics II Calculus-based
4

4

4

4
MATH 211**
or
MATH 237
or
MATH 273**
or
PSYC 212
Calculus for Applications

Elementary Biostatistics

Calculus

Behavioral Statistics
3

4

4

4
Total units
24-30
**Recommended courses

Department of Biological Sciences
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Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3042
Fax: 410-704-2405
E-mail: biolsci@towson.edu



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