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Major Requirements

Applicable for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Major

Molecular Biology Major (16 units)

           No single one-block course can satisfy more than one requirement

  • 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 4 or 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
  • 1 unit of MB201 Laboratory in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics
  • 1 unit of MB231 Genetics
    • Pre-requisite:  MB201
  • 1 unit of MB300-level lecture/discussion-based MB elective
    • These are intended for sophomores and juniors

  • 1 unit of MB400-level lecture/discussion-based MB elective
    • These are intended for juniors and seniors

  • 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; HK304 Advanced Human Anatomy; HK321 Human Physiology; MA256 Mathematical Models in Biology; PY297 Neuroscience 1; BE365 Plant Physiology; BE280 Population Genetics; BE465 Techniques in Molecular Ecology and Systematics.
  • 1 unit of elective in the biological sciences.
    • Can be satisfied by any MB course for majors, or BE course for majors, or by selected courses in Biochemistry, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Anthropology, or Human Biology and Kinesiology (see list). MB109 (FYE Microbiology & Biophysics) satisfies this requirement.
    • List: any MB course other than MB100, MB111, MB131, MB201, MB231; any BE course other than BE100; CH382 Biochemistry I; CH383 Biochemistry II; HK204 Introduction to Human Anatomy; HK304 Advanced Human Anatomy; HK321 Human 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, 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 one 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 I; 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; PC141 Physics for the Life Sciences I; PC241 Physics for the Physical Sciences I). May be satisfied by AP or IB credit recognized by the registrar.  BE220 Biostatistics and Experimental Design does not count for this requirement but may count as "1 unit elective in the biological sciences."
  • 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
  • 2 units that have MB231 as a pre-requisite

  • 1 unit either (a) with MB231 as a pre-requisite, or (b) from the list below: 
    • List of courses outside MB that can satisfy this unit: CH382 Biochemistry I; HK304 Advanced Human Anatomy; HK321 Human Physiology; MA256 Mathematical Models in Biology; PY297 Neuroscience 1; BE365 Plant Physiology; BE280 Population Genetics; BE465 Techniques in Molecular Ecology and Systematics.