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Major Requirements

Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Major

 Molecular Biology Major (16 units)

  • 1 unit of organismal biology (BE105 Biology of Plants, BE106 Biology of Animals, BE107 Biology of Microbes, or HK204 Introduction to Human Anatomy)
    • AP Biology 5 or IB HL 5 satisfies this requirement
    • IB Biology of 6 satisfies this requirement OR satisfies the MB131 requirement
  • 1 unit of MB131 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology or MB 111 FYE Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • IB HL of 6 or 7 satisfies this requirement
    • BY131 or BY232 satisfies this requirement
  • 1 unit of MB201 Laboratory in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics
    • Students who have completed BY131 cannot take this course
    • Requirement waived for students who have completed BY131 or BY232
  • 1 unit of MB231 Genetics
    • Pre-requisite:  MB201
    • Students who have completed BY131 but not BY231 place into this course
    • BY231 or BY232 satisfies this requirement
  • 1 unit of MB300-level lecture/discussion-based MB elective
    • These are intended for sophomores and juniors
    • Can be satisfied by BY300- or 400-level courses with BY231/232 Genetics as a pre-requisite
  • 1 unit of MB400-level lecture/discussion-based MB elective
    • These are intended for seniors and juniors
    • Can be satisfied by BY300- or 400-level courses with BY231/232 as a pre-requisite
  • 2 units of 300- or 400-level laboratory-rich electives
    • Can be satisfied through mentored research with an MB professor
    • Selected non-MB courses can meet one of these two units, but one of these units must be satisfied by an MB course offering. List of courses outside MB that can satisfy one (but not two) of these units: CH382 Biochemistry I; CH383 Biochemistry II; HK304 Advanced Human Anatomy; HK321 Human Physiology, HK430 Advanced Exercise Physiology; MA256 Mathematical Models in Biology; PY297 Neuroscience I; BE365 Plant Physiology; BE280 Population Genetics; BE465 Techniques in Molecular Ecology and Systematics
    • Can be satisfied by old BY300- or 400-level courses with BY231/232 Genetics as a pre-requisite, and which have a laboratory component: BY499, 475, 466, 453, 409, 391, 380, 359, 309.
  • 1 unit of elective in the biological sciences.  Can be satisfied by any MB course for majors or BY course for majors, or BE course for majors, or by selected courses in Biochemistry, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Anthropology, or Human Biology and Kinesiology (see list). MB 112 (FYE Microbiology & Biophysics) satisfies this requirement.
    • List: any MB course other than MB100, MB111, MB131, MB201, MB231; any BE course other than BE100; any BE course other than BY100; CH383 Biochemistry I; CH383 Biochemistry II; HK204 Introduction to Human Anatomy; HK304 Advanced Human Anatomy; HK321 Human Physiology; HK430 Advanced Exercise Physiology; MA256 Mathematical Models in Biology; PY297 Neuroscience I; AN230/MB230 Human Evolution; AN202 Human Biological Variation
    • Courses that satisfy this requirement cannot also count to fulfill a different requirement
  • 1 unit of Senior Capstone in Molecular Biology, MB497, which will be offered twice each year, once in the fall and once in the spring
  • A maximum of 2 units of mentored research such as MB209, MB399, MB498, MB499, BY309, BY409, BY499, CH401, and CH403 can be counted toward the molecular biology major. All of these mentored research blocks require consent of instructor and agreement from the supervising professor at least on block in advance
  • 4 units of Chemistry (CH107 General Chemistry I, CH108 General Chemistry II, CH250 Structures of Organic Molecules, and CH251 Reactions of Organic Molecules)
  • 2 units from selected courses in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Physics (MA125 Pre-Calculus and Calculus (counts as two units toward the requirement);  MA126 Calculus 1, MA127 Calculus I and II Accelerated, MA129 Calculus II, MA117 Probability & Statistics, MA217 Probability and Statistical Modeling, CP115 Computational Thinking, CP122 Computer Science I, CP222 Computer Science II, or PC241 Physics for the Physical Sciences I, or PC242 Physics for the Physical Sciences II). May be satisfied by AP or IB credit recognized by the registrar
  • Must attend Molecular Biology Day as a senior
  • Must participate in departmental assessment activities such as the senior exit survey and examination
  • Must complete the senior seminar requirement

Minor

Molecular Biology minor (6 units)

  • 1 unit of MB131 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology or MB111 FYE Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • 1 unit of MB201 Laboratory in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics
  • 1 unit of MB231 Genetics
  • 3 units that have MB231 as a prerequisite
    • List of courses outside MB that can satisfy only one (but not two or three) of these units: CH382 Biochemistry I; CH383 Biochemistry II; HK304 Advanced Human Anatomy; HK321 Human Physiology; HK430 Advanced Exercise Physiology; MA256 Mathematical Models in Biology; PY297 Neuroscience 1; BE 365 Plant Physiology; BE280 Population Genetics; BE465 Techniques in Molecular Ecology and Systematics.